July 23, 1990 |
Fired Beatles drummer Pete Best works in an unemployment office now and says he holds no grudges against the Fab Four. Best, who lives in Liverpool, England, where the Beatles got their start, attended a memorabilia swapping, movie viewing convention for Beatles fans over the weekend. Ringo Starr took over for Best in August, 1962, just days before the Beatles recorded a demo single of "Love Me Do." Best spent the years after his dismissal trying for a musical career of his own.
June 26, 1992 |
Bosses throughout history have searched for the perfect way to deal with troublesome employees. Among the recent techniques: * "We've Got a New Drummer." Successfully used by the Beatles to replace tom-tom man Pete Best with Ringo Starr. Disadvantages: Requires extreme caution. NBC tried similar strategy to oust "Today" show co-host Jane Pauley in favor of Deborah Norville, but ratings plunged. Norville even changed her first name to Ringo, but it was too late. * Invasion.
February 2, 2013 |
Astrid Kirchherr met the Beatles in 1960 when they were five lads from Liverpool pounding out marathon shows at a club in a seedy part of her native Hamburg, Germany. She fell for the bass player, Stuart Sutcliffe, and found the others - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best (the group's drummer before Ringo Starr) - fascinating. "I was just amazed how beautiful these boys looked," she told National Public Radio's Terry Gross in 2008. Kirchherr, a photographer's assistant, began taking pictures of her new friends.
August 25, 2006 |
As the live beat of Beatles classics begins bouncing off the walls of the Elks Lodge, a man with a gray mustache stands before his drum set and speaks up in a Liverpool lilt. "Let's take you back," he tells the crowd, "to the days when I used to play with a bunch of guys by the names of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison...." Ringo Starr's playing the Elks club? No. Meet Pete Best, the drummer booted from the band just before Beatlemania exploded.