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The Beatles live: Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight – Ringo Starr’s first official show as a Beatle

Following the sacking of Pete Best, The Beatles were quick to recruit their new drummer.

Ringo Starr wasn’t a stranger to the band, having stood in for them on several occasions in Hamburg and Liverpool, where he primarily played for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

Ringo first played on the same bill as The Beatles on 13 March 1959, on the opening night of the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Liverpool. He was playing with Al Caldwell’s Texans, and further down the bill were the Quarrymen. Caldwell later became Rory Storm; the Quarrymen, of course, were to become The Beatles.

Ringo Starr, Liverpool, 1962

On 18 August 1962, for the first time, The Beatles were officially John, Paul, George and Ringo. Following a two-hour rehearsal they played at the Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight from 10pm. The occasion was the local horticultural society’s 17th annual dance.

The capacity for Hulme Hall was 450 but, due to the popularity of The Beatles, it was unofficially enlarged to 500 when they performed. The other three dates they played at the venue were 7 July, and 6 and 27 October 1962.

Last updated: 25 January 2024
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