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Drummer Misses Out on Beatles Audition

18 Oct 2011

The Beatles in Holland, on their way to Hamburg, August 1960A handwritten invitation from Paul McCartney offering an unidentified drummer the chance to audition for the Beatles has recently been found inside a reference book at a car boot sale in Liverpool. Dated August 12, 1960, the letter was sent just before Paul, John, George and Stuart, embarked on their first Hamburg Tour. It is unknown whether the audition actually took place or not, but it was ultimately Pete Best who they took with them.

The Beatles' time in Hamburg is one of the defining periods in their early history and is beautifully captured in the limited editions, HAMBURG DAYS and STUART. Click below to read more...

Shown right: The Beatles in Holland, on their way to Hamburg, August 1960. Copyright © Hulton Deutsch and taken from STUART - THE LIFE AND ART OF STUART SUTCLIFFE.

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