Only two days after Pete Best was fired
The Beatles performed their first official gig with new drummer Ringo Starr
The concert took place at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead
a ferry 'cross the Mersey away from Liverpool on Aug. 18, 1962
Ringo Starr had been poached from Rory Storm and the Hurricanes
and was no stranger to The Beatles
Ringo met John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison
back in 1959 and occasionally sat in with them over the years
when Best was unable to make it
When discussion about firing Best began
it was George Harrison who lobbied for Ringo
"To me it was apparent...
Pete kept being sick and not showing up for gigs
so we would get Ringo to sit in with the band instead
and every time Ringo sat in
it seemed like 'this is it'...
Eventually we realized
We should get Ringo in the band full time"
"We really started to think we needed the greatest drummer in Liverpool...
And the greatest drummer in our eyes was a guy Ringo Starr
who had changed his name before any of us
who had a beard and was grown up
and was known to have a Zephyr Zodiac"