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2. The Beatles history

-Part 2-


Lennon: The Definitive Biography, Ray Coleman, Pan Books (1984), pg 213 He left the band shortly after, feeling the age gap was too great and went back to work in a bottling factory as a fork-lift truck driver, on the advice of his girlfriend.


Norman Chapman was their next drummer, but only for a few weeks, as he was called up for "National Service". This was a real problem as their unofficial manager, Allan Williams, had arranged for them to perform in clubs on the "Reeperbahn" in "Hamburg, Germany. (Paul McCartney has often said that if any of The Fab-four had been individually called-up for National Service).

In August of 1960, McCartney invited Pete Best to become the group's drummer, after watching Best playing with The Blackjacks in the Casbah Club. They started in Hamburg by playing in The Indra and The Kaiserkeller bars. They went back a second time and played the Top Ten club for three months
(April until June, 1961).

While they were playing at the Top Ten they were recruited by singer "Tony Sheridan" to act as his backing band on a series of recordings for the German "Polydor Records" label, produced by famed bandleader "Bert Kempfert".


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