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Another band offered Ringo Starr a gig at the same time as the Beatles

Ringo Starr filled in for several Beatles performances before officially joining the band. He worked full-time with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes – although quitting and joining the Beatles was an easy decision. Here’s what we learned from Cynthia Lennon’s memoirJohn.

Even before joining the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were making music as Quarrymen. They eventually changed their name to The Beatles, with Pete Best on drums. Together, the musicians performed at smaller gigs throughout England and Germany.

Shortly after Brian Epstein came on board as the Beatles’ manager, Best was fired as the group’s drummer. As a result, Ringo Starr was asked to join the band as a drummer. He said yes and the rest is history.

Before joining the Beatles, Ringo Starr performed in another British band. John Lennon’s then-girlfriend Cynthia detailed the drummer’s decision to work with the Beatles in her 2005 memoir John.

“Ringo Starr was a drummer with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and they met him in Hamburg,” wrote Cynthia Lennon. “Six months earlier, Ringo had sat on a couple of gigs with the Beatles when Pete was ill and they had gotten on really well with him.”

“When they heard he left Rory’s band, they decided to offer him a job,” she continued. “Another band offered him a job at the same time, but the Beatles paid more and got a record deal, so Ringo said to them and that was it.”

Joining the Beatles was easy for Ringo Starr, especially under the tutelage of Epstein, who worked to bring the band to bigger venues.

“I’d rather starve with a better band, and I thought the Beatles were a better band,” Ringo Starr said during an interview with Modern Drummer. “And up until then we weren’t really starving. We made … not a lot of money, but enough to live on.”

“And the Beatles did a little bit more — they came up very quickly,” he continued. “But I loved the band so much. And I thought I did everything our band could do back then. We just repeated ourselves. So it was time to move on. And I liked the guys as much as the music.”

Of course, the Beatles became one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Ringo Starr has appeared on songs like “Hey Jude”, “Twist and Shout” and “Come Together”.

The drummer even wrote original songs for the Beatles, which are credited Abbey Roads “Garden of the Octopus.” Even after the Beatles officially split up in 1970, Ringo Starr continued to write original music, including “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph” and “Goodnight Vienna”.

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