In August of 1960, the Beatles embarked on a trip to Hamburg that would change music history forever. The band consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best at this time. The reason for going to Hamburg was simple. The band-s current manager, Alan Williams felt that money could be made in the rough German city. While money would be made, the biggest legacy of the trip to Hamburg was the skill set that the band developed in playing a brand of music that would change the world.
In Hamburg, The Beatles played at strip clubs and seedy music clubs. The crowds were often boisterous and unwilling to support groups that could not fit the bill. Therefore, the Beatles became a unit and began to play tighter more developed music to keep the crowds at bay. Onstage the group even began to show the personalities that would make them even more famous as they joked and played around between songs. In terms of band make-up, it was in Hamburg that the weakness of Sutcliffe as a bass player was firmly established. When the Beatles left in 1962, Sutcliffe would stay behind leaving the band forever.