Lennon's art school friend Stu Sutcliffe, who had recently sold one of his paintings and purchased a bass guitar, joined in January 1960, and it was he who suggested changing the band's name to "Beatals" as a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. According to band historian Mark Lewisohn, they used the name through May, when they became "the Silver Beetles", before undertaking a brief tour of Scotland as the backing group for pop singer and fellow Liverpudlian Johnny Gentle. By early July they changed their name to "the Silver Beatles", and by the middle of August to "the Beatles"
|L-R John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Pete Best|
|L-R George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon|
|L-R Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliffe|
Legend says, in 1961, Raymond Jones, a young man from Liverpool, made a request for a copy of the "My Bonnie" single, which brought The Beatles to the attention of then-record store manager Brian Epstein, and set in motion the events that would lead him to become their manager. After The Beatles became successful, the eight tracks The Beatles worked on and some other Beat Brothers material were issued on an album in 1964 titled The Beatles' First.
On 7th March 1962, one month after Brian Epstein became their manager, The Beatles recorded their radio debut at the Playhouse Theatre in Hulme, Manchester. The recording was for the show "Teenager's Turn - Here We Go". Wearing suits for the very first time, The Beatles performed three cover versions: "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream?)", "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Please Mister Postman". The show was broadcast on the BBC Light Programme the following day between 5 and 5.30pm.
On August 14 1962, Epstein asks drummer Ringo Starr to join the Beatles permanently, which he officially joins on the 18th. On September 4 1962, The Beatles' have their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios. They record "Love Me Do" and a demo of "How Do You Do It." "Love Me Do" will also be recorded on September 11 with session drummer Andy White, but Martin will use one of the takes from the day's session with Ringo Starr on drums for the original UK single release.