The Fab Four made the news this week, as a member of the pre-Beatles band the Quarry Men died and lyrics to “A Day in the Life” fetched a huge auction price.
Most Beatlemaniacs know the names of ex-members Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe, but Ken Brown is an obscure figure in Fabs history. He passed away Monday in Essex, England, at 70.
Part of the ever-rotating line-up of Liverpool running buddies who filled out the Quarry Men’s line-up, Brown briefly played guitar for the group in 1959. He appears to have been instrumental in getting regular shows for John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison’s group, then performing only intermittently, at the Casbah Coffee Club (owned by Mona Best, future drummer Pete’s mum).