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Ringo Starr’s First Band Scored Better Beds in Hamburg Than The Beatles Because of Their Pink Suits

Ringo Starr helped change The Beatles’ fortunes by bringing his impressive drumming skills to the Fab Four. Liverpool’s finest cut their teeth playing live in Hamburg, Germany, grew into sensations in England thanks to their non-stop touring, and became international stars after a lucky run-in with Ed Sullivan. Before any of that happened, though, Ringo’s first band scored better accommodations than the Beatles when they played in Hamburg because of their pink suits. 

Ringo Starr (second from right) drums during a 1961 concert for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Ringo's first successful band that got a German room upgrade thanks to their suits.
Ringo Starr (second from right) with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Ringo Starr crossed paths with the Beatles while playing with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes

The Beatles famously played several residencies in Hamburg, Germany, but they weren’t the only band from Liverpool making money in Deutschland. 

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