Sunday, July 19, 2015

Calendar* Correction: Beatles Contract with Bert Kaempfert

Several websites claim that producer Bert Kaempfert signed a contract with the Beat Boys, who they later said became the Beatles, on July 20, 1961.  There's a lot of untruth there.

First, the most obvious is that the Beatles were never known as the Beat Boys.  John Lennon first formed a group called the Black Jacks, which became the Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats, and the Silver Beatles, before the group settled on the name the Beatles.
Second, the contract was not signed on July 20.  As you can see from the above document, which became the first Beatles contract to be auctioned in 2011, the contract was signed June 19.

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