September 16, 2006 |
A suburban basement in Liverpool where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs was given protected heritage status by the British government Friday. The Casbah Coffee Club, created in the home of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, was given Grade II Listed status on the recommendation of conservation body English Heritage.
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.
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.