He was a drummer born in Liverpool,
England, who became a
member of The Beatles after he was taken on by John Lennon at the
suggestion of Johnny Hutchison of The Big Three. He worked nights as a fork-lift
driver at Garston Bottleworks in Liverpool while still playing drums for
The Silver Beetles/Beatles, although didn’t always turn up for gigs
on time. During a tour of Scotland
the band had a road accident and he was hit in the face by a guitar and
lost most of his teeth. John
Lennon was reportedly sometimes abusive to him and Stuart Sutcliffe and his
girlfriend, who did not like John, was always asking him to leave the
group. His last performance
with them was at the Jacaranda on 13th
June 1960. He died
of a brain hemorrhage in 1981.
Bob Wooler of the Cavern Club attended the funeral.