Johnny Hutchinson was a Liverpudlian rock and roll drummer of the late 1950s and 1960s, at the same time The Beatles moved through the ranks of British rock bands. Hutch’s group, The Big Three, were rivals of the Beatles, and his opinion of them was not good; one early remark was that the Beatles “Weren’t worth a carrot.”
Feelings aside, Hutch sat in with them during a 1960 audition, keeping a beat until their then-drummer Tommy Moore arrived. When Pete Best was dismissed, the drummer position was offered to Johnny by Brian Epstein. Knowing The Beatles had secured a record contract, Johnny turned down the job, saying, “Brian asked me to join the Beatles. I said I wouldn’t join them for a gold clock. There’s only one group as far as I’m concerned, and that’s the Big Three. The Beatles can’t make a better sound than that, and Pete Best is a good friend of mine. I couldn’t do the dirty on him”. Johnny did play for them when Pete never turned up on the evening of his dismissal, and until second choice Ringo Starr could join.
Following his success with the Beatles, Brian Epstein signed The Big Three. Their career was limited, and the band disliked the image crafted for them by Epstein, parting ways in mid-1963. A year later, The Big Three disbanded, and Johnny retired from music.
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