George, Paul, John and Jimmie ?

George, Paul, John and Jimmy

George, Paul, John and Jimmy

It was on June 3rd 1964 during a photo session that Ringo Starr collapsed and was hospitalized with tonsillitis on the eve of The Beatles‘ 1964 Australasian tour, the Beatles manager Brian Epstein and their record producer George Martin decided to use a stand-in instead of cancelling the dates. George Martin suggested that they use drummer Jimmie Nicol, Nicol would go on to play eight shows with the band until Ringo Starr rejoined the group in Melbourne, Australia, on 14 June.

Jimmie was paid £500 and was given a gold watch inscribed: “From The Beatles and Brian Epstein to Jimmie – with appreciation and gratitude.”

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