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The Not So Famous BEATLES

Updated on January 12, 2015

A look at the Beatles & how the Beatles became the biggest band EVER!!!

Stuart Sutcliffe
Stuart Sutcliffe
The Beatles that included Stuart and Tommy
The Beatles that included Stuart and Tommy
The Lost Beatle
The Lost Beatle
The Fab Four
The Fab Four

The Members that you don't hear about

When most people think of, 'The Beatles’, they think of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. This is correct, if you are thinking about the fantastic four who hit America hard with matching suits and haircuts.

The original Beatles however, did not include Ringo. The line up consisted of; John Lennon (rhythm guitar), Paul McCartney (second lead guitar), George Harrison (lead guitar), Stuart Sutcliffe (bass guitar) and Tommy Moore (drums); this was the band that first left Liverpool to tour Scotland with singer Johnny Gentle.

Shortly after the tour, Tommy Moore quit the band, but left the drums behind. Pete Best joined the band as the new drummer. It was these five Beatles that left for Hamburg Germany.

The ‘Not so Famous Beatles’

The ORIGINAL-ORIGINAL Beatle (and where the moptop came from!

Stuart Sutcliffe (bass guitar), and in comparison to the other members of the band, his musical talents were some what described as ‘Inadequate’. He joined the band, because he was the best friend of John Lennon. During the early years, his involvement in The Beatles, helped protrude the image of what the band eventually evolved to. For example, when Stuart’s girl friend, Astrid Kirchherr gave Stuart the ‘moptop ’, hair cut. The style was then copied by the other members and became apart of the bands unique look and overwhelming appeal.

Separate from his involvement with the Beatles, Stuart Sutcliffe was an accomplished painter. When the band returned home to Liverpool in 1961, Sutcliffe stayed behind in Germany with girlfriend Astrid. He died shortly after from a brain hemorrhage.

Pete Best, was the drummer that replaced Tommy Moore. Pete best played in the band, during their club acts in Hamburg, Germany and later Liverpool. Best was let go from the band in 1962, and replaced by Ringo Starr.

Members of precursor bands (for example The Quarrymen) include Pete Shotton, Colin Hanton, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths, Rod Davis.

Ringo's Replacement?

Very temporary members such as Jimmy Nicol who filled in for Ringo in 1964 for part of the tour when Ringo became ill. George Harrison didn’t like Nicol and felt that he was far too pushy, while Ringo felt as if he was going to be replaced by Nicol, which obviously never happened.

There was also Andy White who was the session drummer for 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S I Love You' and another drummer Norman Chapman was also a temporary member of the band.

Bassist Chas Newby preformed three gigs with The Beatles shortly after Sutcliffe departed from the band.

Some Contributors are still being enjoyed today

Billy Preston, a pianist who played the organ on ‘Let it Be’ and the Fender Rhodess Electric Piano on ‘Don’t let me Down' and 'Get Back'. Although he knew the Beatles in the early 1960’s it wasn’t until 1969, when he actually worked with the, after Harrison invited him to their Recording session. Preston has also been known as the ‘Black Beatle ’..

Back to the Beginning Again

Back to The Beatles as a foursome; When Stuart left the band, rather than replace him with another musician, Paul McCartney switched from second lead guitar to bass guitar, this line up is the line up that is known as ‘The Beatles’. John Lennon on rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar and Ringo Starr on the drums.

A lesson from the BEATLES- ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!


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      Holly 5 years ago from Lone Star State

      epigrannan- I dod not know about the Facebook Group, thanks for sharing- I will try and find it :) Thanks for the comment Colin. Texas Time 10:57am have a Great Day!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..well I am glad you beat me to it Holly or else I would have posted this world class Beatle hub to our fb music/cinema group - and it's a nice twist on the old Beatles theme - I bet many people out there don't know all of the facts that you have presented so well here - and if you didn't already know there's a great Beatles group on FB hosted by the 6th Beatle Isis Dylan from Australia - lake erie time 6:54pm with warm wishes sent to you.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Neil Sperling- so glad you found this hub... I had almost forgotten about it. I grew up listening and loving the Beatles, the music they made paved the way for so many, and it is wonderful to know that it still influence in today's very different society. Thanks for reading and for commenting :)

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      Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      fascinating and well done homework - i appreciate you sharing this - be nice to know how the past members lives went.... reminds me if the movie "The Life Of Brian".

      Second place people never gain the spotlight and it is sad since there is only a razor edge of difference between the winners and the losers. LOL

      Thanks again

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State


      thanks for your comment- I am glad i gave some new info. i love the Beatles and all of their music... it is also very interesting to learn about who they were before they became the BEATLES that we all know and love.

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      maheshpatwal 7 years ago from MUMBAI

      Ohh i was not aware of "Mr Infamous (Stuart Sutcliffe)" of the famous and world's most loved band beatles.. nice researched and written. Thanks for sharing.

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      burning bush- thanks for the comment- I am glad that you felt I gave the subject and the angle justice. I appreciate you taking the time to read and give such great feedback :)

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      burning bush 7 years ago

      Great hub. Bands often go through growing pains including a variety of members before "making it". There are outside contributors and changes even after attaining some modicum of success as well. The Beatles were no exception to the learning curve. You presented an accurate depiction of their development. Its important to remember too, that the unique sound, movies and brilliant music that we all love came from the "final four" John, Paul, George, and Ringo. To me, THEY are The Beatles. Thank you for reminding us that the resulting band had a lot of "HELP" along the way. :)

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      wibury steve, thanks for the comment- I am so happy I could give you something a little different to read. You are so very right, there is so much on the BEATLES-that it is hard to find something with any new information. Thanks for giving me some additional info to add to the Hub :)

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      Steve Webb 7 years ago from Great Wakering, England

      Because so much has been written about the Beatles it's always refreshing to get a different angle, & I really enjoyed your hub. You could also add the name of John Duff Lowe who played piano on the 1958 quarrymen recordings of 'That'll be the day' & 'In spite of all the danger' which appeared on Anthology 1. I think he also plays today as part of John Lennon's original quarrymen.Excellent hub!

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      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      Wayne Brown, Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. I saw your information portrayed by Ken R Abell on his latest hub, and will be checking out your writing as well as the others he listed as soon as work lets up for a moment. I appreciate your comment and am glad I was able to share some new information with you. Thanks you for commenting

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Informative...I am of the generation but did not know all that history. Thanks for sharing! WB

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      ralwus 8 years ago

      Wow! You did a most excellent job on this. I never knew that much, of course I hated them for years. I have been a long time fan though since they became 'hippies'.

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      Holly 8 years ago from Lone Star State


      I knew I had a purpose as a Red-Headed, Scorpio Woman that loves THE BEATLES, BOB DYLAN, JOHNNY CASH... ;)

      All along I thought I was considered too frisky :)

      Thanks for the comment, happy to have had the chance to arouse you.

      hc porter

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      wsp2469 8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca


      Wow, a cutie who compliments my writing AND a who knows a little something abuot the Beatles.

      I am so aroused right now.

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      Holly 8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thank you bot daytripeer and janiek13,

      I too love the Beatles, along with Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Carol King etc... So glad some of what I shared, was new to you.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting

      HC Porter

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      Mary Krenz 8 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      I am a big Beatles fan and, as such, was aware of much of their history, but I still didn't know all. Excellent Hub!

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      daytripeer 8 years ago

      I know a good bit of this history, but, you told me things I did not know as well. I love this hub and you did an excellent job with it. :-)