An original Beatles drum logo and designs, by Tex O'Hara,
Lot 323
An original Beatles drum logo and designs, by Tex O'Hara,
Sold for £8,400 (US$ 13,717) inc. premium

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An original Beatles drum logo and designs, by Tex O'Hara,

Footnotes

  • Photographs taken of the Beatles performing in the early months of 1963 show a 'sash' logo on Ringo's brown Premier kit. In April a new, pearl Ludwig kit was ordered from Drum City in London. This was to be the first of several used by Ringo through the 60s and it sported the newly-designed 'drop-T' logo that was to become so iconic. The kit made its debut at the Alpha TV studios in Birmingham, Sunday 12th May, for an appearance by the group on ABC TV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'.

    Gerry Evans, manager of Drum City at the time, recalls taking Ringo's Premier kit into the shop for renovation and resale: '...I ripped off the bit of material from the bass drum head where he's handwritten the Beatles name and threw it away...' ('Beatles Gear', Andy Babiuk, Backbeat Books, 2002, pps. 86-88)

    On the background to his original logo design, Liverpool artist Tex O'Hara remembers that these sketches were shown to the group in a flat on Ullet Road, Toxteth, for them to choose which one they preferred, at which point John added a beetle to the letter 'B' and Paul one to the letter 'l'. The sash offered here is a companion to a black version also produced for Ringo, the one apparently discarded by Drum City.
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