July 6, 1957 may be one of the most important days in rock and roll history. 17 year old John Lennon, at the time a leader of the band called the Quarry Men, was introduced to Paul McCartney. Lennon was so impressed with McCartney’s guitar skill that he asked him to join the group. A little under a year later McCartney suggested that “an old school friend”, join the band. Though, Lennon nearly turned down the idea to audition the boy because of his young age. Thankfully, Lennon changed his mind and days later George Harrison became the newest addition to the Quarry Men.
The band went through many members and name changes, though they finally stuck with The Beatles. Their beginning was not easy. When they traveled to Hamburg, Germany instead of finding fame and fortune, they found hard work in “dirty clubs.” For their housing arrangements, they slept behind a movie screen. The Beatles never received a penny of the money they were promised and shortly after they left German after George was deported for being under age.
In 1961, Brian Epstein, the owner of a record store caught wind of a record the band performed and he decided to sell it. The Beatles were hot! Epstein could not keep up with the sales! According to Epstein they “had something else” and he called that something “charisma.” By 1962 Brian Epstein was the Beatles official manager. It was his idea to have their signature look of suits and long hair. Terrible news came only a few months later on April 10. Stewart Sutcliffe had died of a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany. After the funeral the group opened for a seven week show at Hamburg’s Star Club.
The Beatles had a difficult time with multiple recording studios, but they finally got a session with Parlophone. The band had one problem; they wanted to get rid of Pete Best. They asked their manager Epstein to fire him. Though, if you asked Best he would say that he left the group of his own free will. But the truth is that he did not have what...