Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today in Beatles history

Via Gibson:
1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from The Beatals to The Silver Beetles after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name Beatals was "ridiculous." He suggested they use the name Long John and the Silver Beetles, but John Lennon refused to be referred to as Long John.

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