This rare archival photo, from the Library of Liverpool, shows the earliest-known photo of the Beatles. Shown here are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and William “Bingo” Murphy. Murphy, who fancied himself a vocalist in the style of Frank Sinatra, played no instrument and wasn’t interested in learning. The other band members, already observing the early trend in skiffle and rockabilly, knew they needed a drummer.
Within a year, Bingo was replaced by Richard “Ringo” Starkey. Murphy was furious and tried to get his father, a barrister, to launch a breach-of-promise suit against the group, then known as The Swinging Stevedores, in order to be reinstated. But when John Lennon came up with a new name for the group, Murphy, who was absolutely terrified of bugs, knew he could never be part of The Beatles.
PS… Happy Birthday, Sir Paul McCartney!
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