Pete Shotton who played the washboard for The Quarrymen-[who later became The Beatles} has died at the age of 75. Shotton was a close friend of Beatle John Lennon from early childhood until Lennon’s death in 1980. He played the washboard in The Quarrymen until a lad named Paul McCartney joined the band, then Shotton was fired. Shotton wasn’t really all that into the playing anyway. He remained close to The Beatles through the years.
After The Beatles hit it big, John and George bought a supermarket and had Shotton run it. Later Shotton would be the manager of The Beatles, Apple Boutique. He had a minor role in a couple Beatles songs. He helped John in writing “I Am The Walrus”, Shotton’s wife Beth was ‘the pretty nurse selling poppies” in Paul’s Penny Lane. In 1983 he co-wrote a book “John Lennon: In My Life” which dealt with his friendship with John from age six on.
He also had an independent career as a restaurant manager, founding the Fatty Arbuckle’s chain of restaurants.