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1. The Beatles history

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The Quarrymen went through a
progression of names - Johnny
and The Moondogs, Long John and
The Beatles, The Silver Beetles,
The Beat Brothers -
and eventually decided on
"The Beatles".

There are many theories as to
the origin of the name and its
unusual spelling; it is usually
credited to John Lennon, who
said that the name was a

combination world-play on the insects
(as a nod/compliment to Buddy
Holly's Band The Crickets) and
the world "beat". He also later
said that it was a joke, meaning
a pun on "Beat-less".

In Cynthia Lennon's book "John"
she suggests that John came up
with the name Beatles at a
"..Brainstorming session over a
beer soaked table in the Renshaw
Hall bar..".

In addition to being a fan of
the Crickets, Lennon is
paraphrased as having said: "If
you turn it round it was "Les
Beat", which sounded French and
cool". John, Cynthia Lennon,
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2005
Lennon, who became famous for
giving multiple versions of
the same story, also once

claimed in Mersey Beat-magazine
(tongue-in-cheek) that a man
appeared to him on a
"flaming pie" and instructed
him to "Call the band The
Beatles - with an 'a' ".

In May of 1960, The Beatles were
hired to tour the north-east of
Scotland as a back-up band with
singer Johnny Gentle, Lennon:
The Definitive Biography, Ray
Coleman, Pan Books (1984), who
was sngned to the Larry Parnes
agency. They met Gentle an hour
before their first gig, and
McCartney referred to that short
tour as a great experience for the band.


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