We are kicking off the celebration in honor of the digitally remastered Beatles reissues
set to hit Amoeba September 9! Each Wednesday until September 2, we will present a segment of The Beatles' biography. Then, the week of September 2-9 will be marked here on the blog with a number of Beatles related posts with a huge variety of topics! You can begin with last week's Part One of the fabled band's history if you missed it by clicking right here.
Otherwise, we are on to Part Two:
The rechristened group took a major step towards professionalism in 1960 with the acquisition of Liverpool promoter and club owner Allan Williams
as their manager. Williams had co-promoted shows with Larry Parnes
, the powerful, insidious London-based manager of such unlikely-named teen idols as Billy Fury
and Tommy Steele
. He arranged an audition for The Silver Beetles (which now included drummer Tommy Moore
) before Parnes, who hired the group for a tour of Scotland backing one of Parnes’ lesser charges, the third-tier singer Johnny Gentle
. They returned from the chaotic spring trek broke and bedraggled, but schooled in the verities of life
on the rock ‘n’ roll motorway.
In the summer of 1960, a chance meeting between Williams and a German club owner opened an opportunity for his group – now permanently known as The Beatles – to play a run of shows at a venue in Hamburg. Then minus a drummer and desperate for the employment, the band quickly drafted the handsome, diffident son of Casbah owner Mona Best, Pete Best
, whose band The Blackjacks was in the process of dissolving. In August 1960, the quintet set forth on a fateful ferry voyage to the continent.