This photograph was taken by Harry Hammond during a shoot in 1963, when Ringo had just joined the band. That year The Beatles made their second ever single and their first ever album both called Please Please Me. The album stayed at number one in the charts for 29 weeks.
From never having recorded an album in January, by November the band were appearing at a Royal Command performance performing Twist and Shout. John Lennon brought the house down by saying to the audience ‘People in the cheaper seats clap your hands, the rest of you just rattle your jewellery’.
By 1963 they were setting the trend in clothes, haircuts and music all over Europe. By 1964 they had conquered America and were on their way to being the most successful and influential band of the 20th century.