The Silver Beats perform
The Silver Beats perform
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The Quarry Men become The Silver Beats

The well-known British impresario Larry Parnes is looking for musicians and backing acts for his "stars", including, for example, Billy Fury, and others, whom they will accompany on a tour of Northern England and Scotland. Parnes listens to each Liverpool group. And when the queue reaches Moondogs they unsurprisingly decide it won't do their chances of success any harm if they change their name. It is Stu Sutcliffe, with Buddy Holly's popular group The Crickets in mind, who plays around with this name and comes up with The Beetles.

From "The Quarrymen", the band went through a progression of names, including "Johnny and the Moondogs" and "Long John and The Beetles". Sutcliffe suggested the name "The Beetles" as a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets. The band changed their name to "The Beatles" in 1960. The band's lack of a drummer posed a serious problem, as the group's unofficial manager, Allan Williams, had arranged for them to perform at a club in Hamburg, West Germany.