Iris Caldwell, sister of Liverpool singer Rory Storm, told Beatles Examiner in a phone interview that despite Ringo Starr saying otherwise, she believes it is indeed him playing on the “Live at the Jive Hive March 1960” CD.
“If he hadn’t have been, Rory would have announced and said thank you to such-and-such a drummer for standing in,” she told us.
Ringo Starr, in a recent statement, denied that he was on the CD, which featured his former band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes playing at the Jive Hive in March, 1960. It’s available as an import and also direct from the UK.
“It’s not me, that was done after I’d left to join the Beatles. I don’t know who the drummer was but I hope that Rory fans enjoy it anyway,” his statement said. But Beatles historians questioned that statement since, according to all known sources, he was in Storm’s at the date of the recording.
And that’s not the only reason she believes he’s on it.
“I spoke to the bass player. Lu Walters, and I asked him. And he said, ‘yeah, Ringo was definitely on it,’” she said.
But the full disc is outstanding. Even if Ringo isn’t on the disc (and there are those who don’t think he is from the sound of the drumming), there are several reasons to get it.
One, of course, is to hear the band that Ringo was a part of before he became a Beatle. And this live show is better than the catchy cover of “America” from “West Side Story,” which collectors have also thought Ringo was playing on. Ringo, through his representative, has said he isn’t on that, either.
Storm and the band run through a variety of songs. The stutter that he was so well known for is not evident. The first 17 tracks which make up the live set show the band to have been formidable competition for the Beatles in their Star Club days.
One of the songs is “Honey Don’t,” and that, of course, raised questions before its release as to whether Ringo sings on it. He doesn’t. In fact, Ringo isn’t heard vocally anywhere on the disc. Iris Caldwell told us he may have been in the room when the four home recordings at the end of the disc were done, but this has not been confirmed.
The 16-page booklet contains rare pictures of both Storm, including a rare 1961 picture with John Lennon, Pete Best and George Harrison, and notes by author Spencer Leigh.
“Rory Storm and the Hurricanes Live at the Jive Hive March 1960” is a historic document, but it’s also a testament to the quality of the band. There were many great bands in Merseyside in those days. Thanks to this disc, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes can definitely be remembered as one of them.
(Thanks to Spencer Leigh for his help.)
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