The group got more and more gigs, but still didnīt make much money playing. But they didnīt get into the traditional clubs like "The Cavern", because these clubs only wanted jazz groups.
Paul would make up all kinds of ways to get the group some publicity. He would even write to the newspapers mixing facts and fiction, making them seem like the best group ever, which they werenīt yet but would come to be. But they still didnīt have a name they really liked, so in the end of 1959 they started thinking more about a name. They all liked the name of Buddy Hollyīs band "The Crickets", because it had two different meanings. They wanted something similar. Thatīs when the name "The Beatles" first came up. No one knows exactly when, but Paul and George remember that John just said it one day. They had finally found a name that they all liked, but it would take a long time before theyīd be known as simply "The Beatles". A friend told them it was a bad name because it is so short, so when they got a gig and had to think of a name fast they made up "The Silver Beatles", that was their name for the rest of the year.
During this year they got offered a two week tour in Scotland by the mighty Larry
Parnes. Their only problem was that they didnīt have a drummer, so they found one named
Thomas Moore. No one remembers much from the tour. And when it was over Larry Parnes
no longer had any work for them. They got to play a few times at the Cavern Club, but they
still wanted jazzgroups. So they didnīt get many gigs there.