This is the sequence of the story (incidentally, it was Dave Dee, who was a police cadet at the time, who attended the accident in which Eddie died). Larry Parnes had booked both Eddie and Gene into Liverpool Stadium for a concert, also to be co-promoted by Allan Williams.
It was decided that a new concert be arranged and that due to Eddie's death, the missing part of the bill would be filled by local groups.
This event took place on Tuesday May 3 1960. The groups Williams booked were Cass & the Cassanovas, Rory Storm & the Hurricanes and Gerry & the Pacemakers. Allan didn't book John's group (they weren't called the Beatles then) because he'd never booked them or had anything to do with them. Larry Parnes was pleased with the Liverpool groups and asked Allan to arrange an audition as he was looking fora backing band for Billy Fury. The audition took place at the WyvernClub on 10 May. Only four groups were booked for the audition: Cass & the Cassanovas, Derry & the Seniors, Gerry & the Pacemakers and Cliff Roberts & the Rockers. Once again, the group, now called the Silver Beetles, weren't on Allan's list because they were just among the many regulars at the Jacaranda club. It was Stuart who approached Allan asking if they could do the audition and he added them to it.
Parnes was also looking for bands to back Duffy Power, Johnny Gentle and others of his solo acts. Billy Fury also attended the audition.
The Silver Beetles drummer Tommy Moore turned up late and initially Johnny Hutchinson sat in with them. Parnes said that he didn't like the drummer being tardy, he was dressed differently from the others and was a lot older. He never had any comment to make about Stuart. Parnes booked the Silver Beetles to back Johnny Gentle on the short Scottish tour and of course, Allan got his agent's fee. He then booked them at his Jacaranda club to replace the Royal Caribbean Steel Band. He had an agency Jacaranda Enterprises in which he also booked groups such as Gerry & the Pacemakers and Derry & the Seniors and he began booking the Silver Beetles and Gerry onto the Grosvenor Ballroom Birkenhead and the Institute, Neston.
Because of the booking to back Duffy Power on tour, Derry & the Seniors turned professional. Then the gig was cancelled. Derry Wilkie and Howie Casey went to see Allan and he said he'd take them down to the Two I's in London. They got there, they played and by coincidence Bruno Koschmider was in the club at the time looking for groups to book for his club in Hamburg, having already booked the Jets, another band he'd seen at the Two I's.
Then Koshmider contacted Allan to ask him to send another Liverpool band. Allan asked Gerry & the Pacemakers, Gerry turned him down.
He then asked Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, but they had been booked for a Butlins season. In desperation, he homed in on the Silver Beetles. One could ask - if he was supposed to be the Beatles manager (rather than the agent), why didn't he make them his first choice to go to Hamburg?