By David Bedford.
When one considers The Beatles’ early history, there are several names
that immediately come to mind – Ivan Vaughan, Rod Davis, Stuart Sutcliffe and
Pete Best. However, the story of the evolution of The Beatles from The
Quarrymen to The Fab Four is about more than just the musicians in those
groups. Other people like George Smith, Joe Ankrah, Red Carter, Zancs Logie,
Ian James, Marie Maguire, Colin Manley and Arthur Pendleton are all important
to the story as well.
These one hundred and four friends, family and musicians get
a long overdue credit for their contributions to the musical development of the
greatest pop group of all time: The Beatles.
Excerpt: The Beatles from the Quarrymen to The Fab Four
The story of how the group went from being The Quarrymen to
The Beatles runs a long and winding road through many different musicians and
band members. During this time, they also provided backing for several singers
and occasionally had guest musicians join them on stage. Also included in the
list are important people who either taught them to play or had a direct
influence on their performances. Each one of these 104 people is included in
This is how The Beatles evolved from a group of friends playing
skiffle music, calling themselves The Quarrymen (also spelled Quarry Men, and
there is no definitive way to spell it) to becoming the biggest band in the
annals of popular music. The story begins in the summer of 1956 and takes you
through to the end of 1962 when the final piece of the jigsaw, the addition of
drummer Ringo Starr, saw The Fab Four completed.
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- The real influences in their formative years – family
members, schoolmates, mentors and musical contemporaries.
- The men and women who helped shape the band from the 1950s
to their final lineup in late 1962.
- Profiles of every musician who was a member of the group –
from The Quarrymen to The Beatles – from 1956 through 1962. Whether they were
in the group for a night, a week, a year, two years or more, they are all
- All of the musicians and performers who shared the stage
with the boys as part of a single act.
- The previously unknown school friend who gave John his first
- Rare interview with Bill Smith, founder member of The
- The first published photographs of Silver Beatles’ drummer
- 400 pages
- Hardcover book with dust jacket
- 245mm x 245mm