Rory Storm And The Hurricanes
As mentioned previously, information about Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (and subsequently Ringo) is not as well documented as The Beatles. Here are a few photos that I have no clue when and often where they are from.
This looks like The Jive Hive. It would appear that this and the photo
to the right are the same date and venue.
I've seen implications that this is Butlins in the summer of 1960 but
I can't confirm that so, I've placed it on this page.
The photo to the right is quite unusual and a bit of a mystery. According to an article by musician Iain Hines, which accompanied the photo in a January 1965 issue of 16 Magazine, this photo was taken the night Paul and Pete were arrested by the Hamburg police for the infamous fire incident. Hines claims this band was hastely thrown together to fill The Beatles' spot.
Pictured left to right: Iain Hines, Colin Mealander, Rory Storm,
Tony Cavanagh and Tony Sheridan.
But what about that drum head? The drums look similar to Ringo's kit but that can't be determined with certainty. Pete has stated that his drums were left behind in Hamburg but these are not his drums.
Pete tells a story of having "Beatles" on his drum head for a short time.
However, he states that it was white letters on a bright orange background. That description doesn't fit the drum here. As a point of note, he also states that some photos of the "Beatles" drum head exist but none seem to have surfaced.
My theory... If Hines' description of this session is correct, perhaps The Beatles' name was written as a joke. This would have been the end of The Beatles' first tenure in Hamburg. Surely, patrons would know this is not The Beatles.