Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Ken Brown RIP
Brown's stint in the Quarry Men ended in a childish dispute. One night Brown was too sick to perform, but the club's proprietor, Mona Best (Pete Best's mother), gave Brown his one-fourth cut of the band's three-pound wage anyway. The other three didn't think Brown should get paid as he hadn't played, and he and the rest went their own ways. Brown formed a band with Pete Best on drums, the Blackjacks, to take over The Casbah residency. When the Beatles, formerly the Quarry Men, were offered a residency in Hamburg in 1960, they needed a drummer, and recruited Best, whose Blackjacks were about to break up anyway.
I was at the Casbah Club for it's 50th anniversary last year, with the Pete Best Band and guests. Ken Brown was one of the guests who performed that night. I'm glad I was there, and I'm saddened by the news of his death. Ken, 70, was discovered at his home in Essex on Monday after a concerned relative had raised the alarm.