Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with some cat named 'Richie' on drums, aka Ringo Starr, "the little nasty, mean looking one with the streak of grey in his hair" to use George Harrison's words before he and his mates in the Beatles got to know Ringo.
Of course, there were many Liverpool bands that made the trek to, and did their time in, Hamburg's Reeperbahn clubs. Rory Storm and the Hurricanes are probably one of the best remembered though because it was from this band that the soon-to-be-fab four finally got Ringo, who clicked personality-wise with John, Paul, and George when they first met in Hamburg. As George Harrison mentioned in the Anthology coffee table book, "it felt like a complete unit" when Ringo hung out with them. But I'm getting ahead of things here!
All of the Liverpool bands performed many of the same songs from the early rock & roll and rockabilly canon. While I don't know if the Beatles ever performed it, one of the tunes that figured prominently in Rory Storm and The Hurricanes' shows in the early 60s was Brand New Cadillac, a smokin' rockabilly tune from 1961 that was originally recorded by Vince Taylor and the Playboys. Many artists have recorded and performed it over the years since, but no recording exists, as far as I know, of Rory and his Hurricanes playing the song. So let's listen to the original. Here they are with Brand New Cadillac, Vince Taylor and the Playboys (with whom, incidentally, one Tony Sheridan played for a while). As usual, click on the highlighted song title to hear it. Enjoy!
P.S.And hey! All you teds and judies who are, apparently, reading this blog. . . spread the good word to your fellow early Beatle afficianados. Let's see if we can boost the number of visits in 2011. Right now, there have been more than 8600 page views according to the stats page for The Beatles in Hamburg and Liverpool blog.