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Pete Best

An Astrid Kirchherr photo of Best in Hamburg, 1960.
Background information
Birth name Randolph Peter Best
Born 24 November 1941 (1941-11-24) (age 65)
Madras, India
Origin Liverpool, England
Genre(s) Rock and Roll, Rock
Occupation(s) drummer
Instrument(s) Drums
Years active 1959 – 1968,
1988 – present
Associated
acts
The Beatles,
The Pete Best Band
Website PeteBest.com

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Contents

Early years

Pete Best is the son of Mona Best, the owner of the Casbah Club, where The Beatles later played.[1][2] Mona Best was born in India. ...


During 1961-1962, Neil Aspinall became good friends with Best and subsequently rented a room in the house where Best lived with his parents. During one of the extended business trips of Best's father, Aspinall became romantically involved with Mona, who was 20 years his senior. Aspinall fathered a child by Mona (Vincent "Roag" Best) who is Best's half-brother.[3] Neil Aspinall (born in Prestatyn, North Wales, October 13, 1942) was the road manager and personal assistant for the Beatles. ...


The Beatles

The British cover of “My Bonnie”.

Best was first invited to join for a 1960 residency in Hamburg.[1] The Beatles first played at the Indra club, sleeping in small, dirty rooms in the Bambi Kino, and then moved (after the closure of the Indra) to the larger Kaiserkeller.[4] In October 1960, they left Koschmider's club and worked at the "Top Ten Club", which was run by Peter Eckhorn.[5][6] When Best and Paul McCartney went back to the Bambi Kino to get their belongings they found it in almost total darkness. As a snub to Koschmider, they found a condom, attached it to a nail on the concrete wall of their room, and set fire to it. There was no real damage, but Koschmider reported them both for attempted arson. McCartney and Best spent three hours in a local jail and were deported, as was George Harrison, for working under the legal age limit.[7] My Bonnie/The Saints by Tony Sheridan with The Beatles, the first Beatles record to be released. ... My Bonnie/The Saints by Tony Sheridan with The Beatles, the first Beatles record to be released. ... Location Coordinates Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE6 First Mayor Ole von Beust (CDU) Governing party CDU Votes in Bundesrat 3 (from 69) Basic statistics Area  755 km² (292 sq mi) Population 1,754,317 (11/2006)[1]  - Density 2,324 /km² (6,018... Indra (Sanskrit: इन्द्र or इंद्र, indra) is the god of weather and war, and lord of Svargaloka in Hinduism. ... Bruno Koschmider was a german entrepreneur in Hamburg, Germany. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... A condom is a device, usually made of latex, or more recently polyurethane, that is used during sexual intercourse. ... The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ... Deportation is the expelling of someone from a country. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


The reunited Beatles returned to Hamburg in April 1961. While playing at the Top Ten Club they were recruited by singer Tony Sheridan to act as his backing band on a series of recordings for the German Polydor Records label, produced by famed bandleader Bert Kaempfert.[8][9] Kaempfert signed the group to its own Polydor contract at the first session on June 22, 1961. On October 31 Polydor released the recording "My Bonnie (Mein Herz ist bei dir nur)", which appeared on the German charts under the name "Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers", a generic name used for whoever happened to be in Sheridan's backup band.[10] Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... A backing band or backup band is a band which accompanies an artist at a live performance or on a recording. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; October 16, 1923 - June 21, 1980) was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Bonnie was a 1962 album by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, better known as the Beatles. ...


Dismissal

Best, Sutcliffe, and Harrison in 1960.
Best, Sutcliffe, and Harrison in 1960.

The Beatles played a Parlophone audition at Abbey Road Studios for George Martin in June 1962, which convinced Martin that the group was good enough to be signed to a contract, but with one exception: Martin and his recording engineer did not like Best's playing.[11] (Martin used Andy White on the third session for "Love Me Do" on September 11).[12] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 477 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1934 × 2431 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 477 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1934 × 2431 pixel, file size: 1. ... Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Sir George Henry Martin CBE (born 3 January 1926 in Highbury, London, England) is sometimes referred to as the fifth Beatle—a title that he owes to his work as producer of almost all of The Beatles records. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Andy White (born 1930 in Scotland) is a drummer, best known for playing drums on some of the recordings of the Beatles first single, Love Me Do. White was a studio drummer in the 1950s and 1960sin London, recording with artists like Billy Fury, Marlene Dietrich, Hermans Hermits and... Love Me Do is an early Lennon-McCartney song, mainly written by Paul McCartney in 1961-2. ...


When the group heard that Martin did not like Best's playing, John Lennon, McCartney and Harrison asked Brian Epstein, who had taken over as manager in January, to fire Best from the band. Epstein agonised about the decision, and asked Bob Wooler if it was a good idea, to which Wooler replied that Best was too popular with the fans to get rid of.[13] Ringo Starr took Best's place, as Starr had previously played with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and had previously stepped in to drum with The Beatles when Best was ill or unable to play.[11] John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: ) (born in Liverpool, England; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. ... Frederick James Bob Wooler was born, Liverpool on 19 January 1926; died, Liverpool, 8 February 2002. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Rory Storm (January 7, 1938 – September 28, 1972), real name Alan Caldwell, was the leader of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes, a Liverpool band who were contemporaries of The Beatles in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ...


Epstein fired Best on August 16, 1962. Aspinall was waiting downstairs in Epstein's NEMS record shop, and was the first one to talk to the ex-Beatle in The Grapes pub, across from The Cavern.[14] Aspinall was furious and said that he would stop working for them as well (he had been employed as the band's road manager and personal assistant), but Best strongly advised him not to. Aspinall decided to stay, but ended his relationship with Mona (and his three-week-old baby, Roag). Aspinall asked McCartney and Lennon at the next concert why they had fired Best. They replied, "It’s got nothing to do with you — you’re only the driver." [15] is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Cavern Club, which was opened on January 16, 1957, was a legendary rock and roll club at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England, where Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles in 1961. ...


Reasons

While Lennon, McCartney and Harrison usually spent their offstage time together, practicing their music or socialising, Best generally went off alone. He therefore was not privy to many of the group's experiences, references, and in-jokes.[16] When the group adopted the mop-top-style Beatle haircut, Best did not follow suit. In a 1995 BBC Radio Merseyside interview, Astrid Kirchherr, who was former bassist Stuart Sutcliffe's girlfrend at the time, explained this: The Beatles, each sporting the eponymous hairstyle The Beatle haircut, also known as the mop-top (for its resemblance to a mop) is a mid-length hairstyle named for and popularized by the British rock group the Beatles. ... The Beatles, each sporting the eponymous hairstyle The Beatle haircut, also known as the mop-top (for its resemblance to a mop) is a mid-length hairstyle named for and popularized by the British rock group the Beatles. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... BBC Radio Merseyside is the BBC Local Radio service for the English metropolitan county of Merseyside. ... Astrid Kirchherr (born 20 May 1938) is a German photographer and artist, and is well-known for her association with The Beatles (along with her friends Klaus Voorman and Jürgen Vollmer) and her photographs of The Beatles while they were in Hamburg. ... Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a British musician and artist who, until his early death, worked in a style related to Abstract Expressionism. ...

My boyfriend, Klaus Voorman, had this hairstyle, and Stuart liked it very, very much. He was the first one who really got the nerve to get the Brylcreem out of his hair, and asking me to cut his hair for him. ... Pete Best has really curly hair, and it wouldn't work.[17]

When word of Best's replacement broke in Liverpool (through outlets like Mersey Beat), many Beatles' fans were upset, and one gave Harrison a black eye. Many female fans considered Best to be the band's best-looking member – and at many early shows, Best had his own group of female fans present in the audience. Fans would cheer "Pete forever, Ringo never!" Klaus Voormann was an artist. ... Original Brylcreem Brylcreem (pronounced brill-cream) is a brand name of mens hair groom. ... Mersey Beat was a music publication in Liverpool, England in the early 1960s. ...


Pop historian and Radio Merseyside presenter Spencer Leigh wrote a book chronicling Best's firing, suggesting that the other members, McCartney in particular, were jealous. Leigh reiterated Mersey Beat's report that during the Teenagers' Turn showcase: "John, Paul and George made their entrance on stage to cheers and applause, but when Pete walked on, the fans went wild. The girls screamed! In Manchester his popularity was assured by his looks alone. Pete was almost killed with kindness at the stage door afterwards by attentive females while the other members were allowed to board a ticking over charabanc, after signing a few autographs." McCartney's father Jim was present at this incident and admonished Best: "Why did you have to attract all the attention? Why didn't you call the other lads back? I think that was very selfish of you." McCartney's father later encountered the dismissed Best in the Cavern Club when a Beatles' gig was being recorded for the ITV series Know the North, and said "Great, isn't it! They're on TV!" Observers reported that Best bit his tongue, and quietly left.[18] This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... A charabanc (pronounced sha-ra-bang) is a kind of open-topped bus common in Britain during the early part of the 20th century. ... External view of the New Cavern Club, January 2006 The Cavern Club, which was opened on January 16, 1957, is a legendary rock and roll club at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England, where Brian Epstein was introduced to the Beatles on 9 November 1961. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting...


Best later filed a libel suit against The Beatles, because Starr implied in an interview with Playboy magazine that Best had been fired because he was a drug addict. The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum. In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someones reputation. ... Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, or pornography magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...


After The Beatles

A few days after Best was dismissed, Epstein tried to console him by offering to build another group around him, but Best was not interested. Best instead joined Lee Curtis & the All Stars, which then broke off from Curtis and became Pete Best & the All Stars. They signed to Decca Records — who had previously rejected The Beatles, signing the Tremeloes instead — and released the single "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door". The single flopped. It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Here Comes My Baby: The Ultimate Collection cover. ...


Best then relocated to the United States along with songwriters Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington. As the Pete Best Four and later the Pete Best Combo (increasing their number to five), they toured America with a combination of 1950s songs and original tunes, recording for small labels, but had little success. They ultimately released an album on Cameo Records titled Best Of The Beatles (a play on Best's name, leading to disappointment for record buyers who expected a Beatles compilation). The group disbanded shortly afterward. (Bickerton and Waddington were to find much greater success as songwriters in the 1970s for a series of hits by the Rubettes.) Tony Waddington (1925 - 1994) was a former English football manager. ... 1922 Cameo Record Cameo was a USA based record label, first flourishing in the 1920s, and then revived in the 1960s. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... The Rubettes were an English pop band of the 1970s assembled in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, the then head of A&R at Polydor Records, and his co-songwriter, Tony Waddington, after their doo-wop and 1950s American pop-influenced songs had been rejected by a...


Best decided to leave show business, and by the time of Hunter Davies' 1968 authorised Beatles' biography, he was neither willing to talk about nor otherwise cash in on his Beatles association. Best became a baker, earning £8 a week and marrying a girl named Kathy who worked at the biscuit counter at a Woolworth's store. He later became a civil servant. Hunter Davies (born 7 January 1936) is a prolific British author, journalist and broadcaster, best known for his books about The Beatles. ... The symbol £ represents the pound currency which Britain uses. ... This article is about the British Woolworths Group plc, and its stores. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Later years

In time, Best began giving interviews to the media, wrote about his time with The Beatles, and served as a technical advisor for the television movie Birth of the Beatles. Thus, Best eventually found a modicum of independent fame, and toured as leader of the Pete Best Band. He has admitted to being a fan of his former band's music, and owning their records. [19] An expert or knowledgeable advisor to a movie or television production, whose job is to see that their field of expertise is portrayed accurately in the production. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Birth of the Beatles is a 1979 biopic TV movie, produced by Dick Clarks company (Dick Clark Productions), that focusses on the early history of 1960s rock band The Beatles. ...


When the surviving Beatles released their Anthology in 1995, which featured a number of tracks with Best as drummer, Best received a substantial windfall — apparently between £1 million and £4 million — from the sales.[citation needed] He was not interviewed for the book or the television documentaries, and later disputed Harrison's statement that he remembered Best missing several live gigs, with his future replacement, Starr, sitting in for the night (this is documented to have occurred on at least one occasion[citation needed]). His image on an early group photo used on the cover was prominently and purposefully obscured by a cut-out of Starr, contrasting with the cover collage's inclusion of fellow former early Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe's portrait. (However, Best is visible in another, less prominent, photo also appearing on the cover.) Additionally, "Ain't She Sweet," one of the early tracks included on the compilation album to feature Best on drums, was presented in its 1964 U.S. mono single mix, which had been remixed (by Atlantic Records for release on its Atco label) with another studio drummer playing over Best's original drumming. Best recently appeared in a television special built around him titled Best of The Beatles, telling his life story. The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of one of the worlds most popular rock band The Beatles. ... Aint She Sweet was an American album featuring four tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 by The Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan (except for the title song with vocal by John Lennon) and cover versions of Beatles and British Invasion songs recorded by The Swallows. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Atco Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, currently operating through WMGs Rhino Entertainment. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b Miles. p57.
  2. ^ Photos of The Casbah Club
  3. ^ Cynthia Lennon – “John” 2006. p44.
  4. ^ Miles 1998. pp57-8.
  5. ^ Cynthia Lennon “John” 2006. p93.
  6. ^ Miles 1998. pp71-72.
  7. ^ Miles 1998. pp72-73.
  8. ^ Cynthia Lennon “John” 2006. p97.
  9. ^ LewisohnChronicles
  10. ^ Spitz 2005. p.250
  11. ^ a b Miles 1998. p90
  12. ^ Spitz 2005. p353
  13. ^ Spitz 2005. p329
  14. ^ Spitz 2005. p331
  15. ^ Aspinall, The Beatles and money - Mersey Beat Retrieved: 11 February 2007
  16. ^ The Sacking Of Pete Best iol.ie/~beatlesireland - Retrieved: 31 May 2007
  17. ^ Kirchherr's interview on BBC Radio Merseyside's 500th "On The Beat" programme (Saturday 26 August 1995) members.aol.com - Retrieved: 21 May 2007
  18. ^ Clayson, Alan. Paul McCartney: Sanctuary Publishing Limited, 2003. ISBN 1-86074-482-6
  19. ^ Pete Best interview, from retrosellers.com

References

Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Cynthia Lillian Lennon née Powell (born September 10, 1939) in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hodder & Stoughton is a British publishing house, now an imprint of Hodder Headline. ... Barry Miles (commonly known as, and called, simply Miles) is an author who has written biographies of Paul McCartney, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg as well as books about John Lennon, the Beatles and Frank Zappa. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Many Years From Now, is the official biography of Sir Paul McCartney, by Barry Miles. ... Vintage Books was founded in 1954 by Alfred A. Knopf as a trade paperback home for its authors. ... // Random House is a publishing house based in New York City. ...

External links

  • Pete Best official site
  • An Evening With Pete Best, Part I: The Interview

Multimedia

  • Downloadable audio interview with Pete Best from Nevada Public Radio
  • Downloadable audio interview with Pete Best from Wisconsin Public Television
  • Video Intereview in 1997 to Pete Best
  • Video Video Intereview in 2004 to Pete Best
  • Video Intereview in 2005 to Pete Best
  • Videos several of Pete Best
  • Audio Intereview to Pete Best
  • Music of Pete Best
  • Pete Best - I've Got A Secret (March 30, 1964)

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