Ringo debuts as the Beatles' drummer

On August 18th 1962, having handed in his notice to Rory Storm and the Hurricanes a few days prior, Ringo Starr made his official debut as the Beatles' drummer at a gig in Merseyside. Pete Best was unceremoniously fired two days prior and the transition was complete on this day.

The band played to just 500 people at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight. The wounds from Pete Best's messy sacking were still fresh among Cavern fans, and it took a while before fans accepted Ringo as a Beatle.

Ringo Starr, 1962.

Ringo Starr, 1962.