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The Beatles: Ringo Starr was not allowed to play drums on band's first single

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Beatles recorded their first-ever single, Love Me Do, on September 4, 1962, with the band's first drummer Pete Best playing the percussion instrument. The band's manager, Brian Epstein, and their producer, Martin, decided Best wasn't cut out for the job, so got rid of him. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney attempted to replace him with Ringo Starr, but Martin and Epstein had other ideas.

On this day, September 11, in 1962, Ringo arrived at EMI studios to record his first single with The Beatles only to find another drummer in his spot.

Martin once recalled: "On 11th September 1962, we finally got together to make their first record. The boys, meanwhile, had brought along a guy [Starr], and they said: 'We're going to get Ringo to play with us.'"

Source: Callum Crumlish

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