Before there was "Beatlemania", there were The Quarrymen, The Silver Beetles and The Cavern Club. Arguably the most influential band in Rock 'n Roll, history, The Beatles rose to fame in Liverpool and Hamburg over the period 1960-1963. The Fab Four's journey began in 1957 as The Quarrymen, a skiffle band that featured John Lennon (d.1980) and Paul McCartney. George Harrison (d.2001) soon joined the group as lead guitarist and then in 1960 Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe joined under the new name The Silver Beetles, chosen in honor of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The SB name was then changed to The Beatles in a nod to the "Merseybeat" sound that was rapidly growing in popularity. Sutcliffe withdrew from the band in July, 1961 and in August, 1962 Best was "sacked" by manager Brian Epstein at the behest of the boys in the band, as a lesser moment in their otherwise earth-shattering careers. Ringo Starr joined immediately after on 8/18/62 and the rest is history. Recall the Beatles early days with this fabulous 1961 band signed photo.
This priceless photograph was taken in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and features the post-Sutcliffe, pre-Ringo line-up of John, Paul, George and Pete Best, who was the band's drummer from 8/60-8/62. The boys are seen in matching attire of black leather jackets and t-shirts to give the band a unified look. While the three main members of the band sport the "exi" hairstyles they picked up in Germany, Best has a "greaser" style 'do, which may be one of the reasons the others felt he didn't quite fit in. At this point the Beatles were splitting time between residencies in Hamburg and Liverpool, where they performed 292 shows at the Cavern Club in their first steps towards becoming world famous and then some.
Reportedly taken by a friend of the band's named Brian Mathews, this early photo measures approximately 5-1/2 x 3-1/2" and presents in pleasing condition with great period authenticity. Were this photo offered as relic of the Beatles early days only, it would have significant value. The fact that it is period signed, inscribed and personalized by all four members of the band, makes this a whale of a find. Encapsulated and designated Authentic Auto by PSA/DNA, this sensational souvenir bears typed notations presumably by the fan it was originally presented to, with "The Beatles" and listed in column fashion "George, Paul, Pete, John" and the fan's name "Doreen Roscoe". The signatures are applied as: 1.) "To Doreen-love from George Harrison XXXXXX"; 2.) "love to Doreen from John Lennon XXX"; 3.) "To Doreen, love Paul McCartney XXX"; and 4.) "Lots of Love- to Doreen, Pete Best XXX". All signatures and writing remain clearly discernible in showing average ("8-9") quality. Ok, all together now with your best "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" for this mighty piece of music memorabilia.