Early recordings made by Ringo Starr with his first band, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes, have been unearthed after 50 years, the BBC has reported.
The tapes, which were made in March 1960, were found in the cellar of Storm’s sister’s home. Starr became a member of The Hurricanes in 1959, three years before Beatles manager Brian Epstein convinced him to join The Beatles.
Led by a charismatic frontman—Storm, born Alan Caldwell, is said to have influenced Rod Stewart’s performing style--The Hurricanes were among England’s most popular bands during the early Merseybeat era. Included among the unearthed tapes are tracks recorded at the Jive Hive club north of Liverpool, and recordings made at Storm’s house, where groups--including The Beatles—often gathered for night sessions. The recordings will be released as Rory Storm and The Hurricanes’ first and only album later this month.