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Where Did The Beatles Find Jimmie Nicol After Ringo Went Under Surgery
2 September 2015
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He was recommended by George Martin who had recently used him as a session drummer for another Epstein act, Tommy Quickly.

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Could this thread be merged into ‘miscellaneous questions’? 

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And where did they leave him after they had finished with him?

A mate of mine claimed they had found him drunk under a bar table in Sydney when the Beatles left; can’t be true can it??  a-hard-days-night-george-10

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I have no idea, but I’m glad Ringo came back when he did. I’m sure the lad was a good replacement, but he appeared to have the charisma of a wet sock…

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Jimmy was given a gold watch engraved with the message “From the Beatles and Brian Epstein to Jimmie – with appreciation and gratitude”* and then was taken by Brian to the airport where he flew home. 

Ultimate Classsic Rock has an article about his time with the band and there is also a book called ‘The Beatle Who Vanished‘ which looks a really interesting read.


*Edit: reported in June 2014 that Jimmy also had £22,500 in his bank and he was declared bankrupt 9 months later with debts of £4,066. Their article has pictures of him as well that he now lives as a recluse in London. From the article

“Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me,” he said later.

“Until then I was quite happy earning £30 or £40 a week. After the headlines died, I began dying too.”

Nicol reformed his old band the Shubdubs, renaming them Jimmy Nicol and the Shubdubs but two singles found no commercial success.

He caught up with The Beatles when his band was on the same bill at the Brighton Hipperdrome on July 12, 1964.


I cannot imagine how difficult it is being sucked into full-on Beatlemania at its highest level for two weeks before being dropped back into your normal life again.

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I read the Beatle Who Vanished. A very interesting book. I got the impression that Jimmie Nicol was his own worst enemy.

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