More than 50 years since they were recorded, tunes from Ringo Starr’s first outfit have been unearthed, shedding light on the musician’s life prior to The Beatles.
He performed with the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. The tunes were found under some dusty old boxes in the basement at the hone of Rory Storm’s sister Iris Caldwell. The recordings, though fuzzy, distorted and generally of poor quality are going to be compiled and formed into an album in honour of the band.
Ringo Starr joined the band when he was just a pup in 1959 at age 18. It was a couple of years later that the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, signed him up to join their band, and we all know how that turned out. Right move on Ringo’s behalf it’s safe to say.
Rory Storm and the Hurricanes kept the momentum up, however, and released a handful of albums and singles, even working with Epstein, who produced some of the releases, though the band never got a foothold, and soon faded out. Iris explained that “Rory was a performer. He wasn’t, like The Beatles, a brilliant songwriter. They called him The Golden Boy and Mr Showbusness. Rory was so far ahead of his time. He was doing glam rock then.” According to BBC Entertainment.
The tunes – which were tracked at the Jive Hive club in Crosby, north of Liverpool, and at Rory’s house – known as Stormsville, will be put together and released in the near future. Stay tuned to hear some great music history.