August 18, 1962, was Ringo Starr's first official gig as a "Beatle," when John, Paul, and George joined him at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, England, for the local Horticultural Society’s 17th annual dance.
It was just three days after the group's original drummer, Pete Best, unknowingly played his final show with the band at Liverpool’s Cavern Club on August 15, 1962.
On August 16, Best was asked to leave the Beatles by the group’s manager, Brian Epstein — presumably after producer George Martin told Epstein he felt the band needed more support on drums, and wanted to hire a session drummer to cover the initial studio dates.
Martin has stated he was surprised Epstein had actually sacked Best, as he considered the handsome drummer to be the band's "most salable commodity as far as looks went."
But was Best really not enough drummer for the Mop Tops? You decide...
War of the Drummers...
Pete Best on "Money" 1962
Ringo Starr on "Money" 1963