drummer Pete Best
If you're a true Beatles fan you know of Pete Best. For the
rest of you, he was the Beatles' drummer for a period of two
years, from August 12, 1960 to August 16, 1962. This is the
period during the Beatles' formative years of playing
the clubs in their hometown of Liverpool and in Hamburg, Germany,
where they played endless hours to very demanding audiences.
The story goes that the Beatles were to record with their
new producer, George Martin, and Martin felt that Pete may
have been good enough for their live performances, but not
for the recording sessions. He suggested using a session drummer.
The other three Beatles discussed with their manager, Brian
Epstein, that they'd like to see if they could get Richard
Starkey (better known as Ringo Starr) to permanently replace
Pete. Brian was left with the task of sacking Pete, and Ringo
joined the group after he finished his engagements with Rory
Storm and the Hurricanes. In Liverpool, Pete was actually the
most popular Beatle with the famale fans and they didn't take
the change very well. During Ringo's early performances as
a Beatle the fans would chant "Pete forever, Ringo
Ironically, after the change behind the drum kit, producer
Martin didn't feel Ringo was good enough to play on "Love
Me Do" or "P.S.
I Love You" so he employed session drummer Andy White
to play on those tunes and Ringo was demoted to tambourine
Me Do") and maracas ("P.S. I Love You"). Soon
though, Ringo earned the drummer spot for good and became a
As for Pete Best, he is still playing music these
days. He and his band, The Pete Best Band, have even released a new CD in 2008 of original material
Best has indicated that he has moved
on from pondering "what
if" after these many years later since being booted
out of the Beatles. In fact, says Best, should he ever run
into Paul McCartney again -- and the two haven't spoken since
Best's firing in 1962 -- he wouldn't say, "Tell
"A lot of people's assumption, I know, would be I'd try
to find out what happened 40 years ago. Believe me, that would
be the last bloody question I'd ask him," said Best. "It's
one of those things. Life has gone on. I'm a big believer in
karma, and maybe that tapestry was written and I was not to
be a part of it.
"But I look back in hindsight and I'm happy. I have a
great band that gets great accolades. I've got an original
album done that I'm proud of, a marriage that's lasted 45 years,
two beautiful daughters and four grandsons I can spoil. I can
walk around Liverpool and be respected. I can go all around
the world and wake up with the feeling I'm happy."
Pete has a website located at petebest.com.
You can even hire Mr. Best as a one man show, talking about
his Beatle days, supported by a multimedia presentation.
Or you can hire him and the Pete Best Band to perform. Check
more info on the man who was "almost