Ringo Starr debuts as permanent drummer of The Beatles 50 years ago this hour (1962)

Video: Ringo Starr joins The Beatles (at 7:16)

(Saturday, August 18, 1962, 10 p.m. local time) — The Beatles as the world would know them are born tonight as Richard Starkey, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, debuted as a permanent member of the group, the closing attraction in the local Horticultural Society’s 17th annual dance at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead.

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