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Pete Best

Original Drummer of the Beatles Pete Best

Full Name: Randolph Peter Scanland
Profession: Original Drummer of the Beatles

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Best was the drummer for the Beatles from 1960 to 1962, when he was hired immediately prior to the group's two-year residency in Hamburg, Germany. When the band returned to Liverpool, the band's manager Brian Epstein fired him under orders from Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, and Ringo Starr was eventually asked to join the group.

Much has been speculated as to why Best was fired. Reports have suggested that Best was not particularly close with the other three and did not socialize much with them, and refused to adopt the mop-top haircut that would later define them. Others suggested the other Beatles, particularly McCartney, resented Best's popularity with fans, while John Lennon explained in an interview years later that Best was sacked because he was a bad drummer.

After his sacking Best gave up music and worked as a civil servant for twenty years, before forming the Pete Best Band.

Born: November 24, 1941
Birthplace: Madras, British India
Age: 79 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Sagittarius

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Historical Events

  • 1960-12-01 Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.
  • 1962-03-08 Beatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform "Dream Baby" on BBC)
  • 1962-06-06 The Beatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time and record "Besame Mucho" with Pete Best on drums
  • 1962-08-16 Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles' drummer, first official concert two days later

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