In Hamburg, the band occasionally plays with the singer and guitarist Tony Sheridan. They are mad of Elvis with the irreverence of their twenty years. Their English songs in this German city fifteen years after the end of the war have a little taste of provocation that amuses the producer Bert Kaempfert.
A curious idea from Kaempfert will launch the fabulous career of the Beatles. He invites Tony and his friends to interpret German rhymes in English with the uptempo of rock and roll.
In June 1961, Bert Kaempfert Produktion establishes a contract with the Beatles for a recording session. Each of the boys earns about twenty dollars. Tony is not included; he probably got a separate contract.
A copy of the contract between Kaempfert and the Beatles is estimated $ 150K for sale by Heritage in New York on September 19, lot 89032. These six A4 pages were typed in German with onion skin paper beneath. The first page records the home addresses of the four contractors in Liverpool and the last page bears their autograph signatures.
At that time, the word Beatles is unpronounceable in German. In October 1961, Polydor publishes the single of My Bonnie by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers.
Brian Epstein is a young Liverpool record store manager who has the ambition to become an impresario. He decides to sell the German record and then, on December 3, 1961, proposes to the Beatles that he becomes their manager. Under the wording of the catalog, "the rest is history".