Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer has “no complaints.”

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Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer has “no complaints.”

You’d expect someone who missed out on becoming a part of one of music’s greatest bands would have a few axes to grind. However, Pete Best, the drummer for the Beatles up until 1962, finds himself at peace with his near-miss on immortality. In a recent interview with Pop Matters, Pete opens up about the life post-Beatles.

My life since then had ups and downs; it hasn’t been a perfect life. But when I look back on it now, I wouldn’t change it. I’m happy, I’m healthy, I have a great band which tours the world. I’m a great family man, I love meeting people, I love laughing and joking with them. I’m still in show business, which I didn’t expect to be.

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Kenny Aronoff on Playing with Sir Paul

Kenny Aronoff on Playing with Sir Paul

Want to know what it’s like to play with one of Rock and Roll’s true legends? Ultimate Classic Rock sat down with Kenny Aronoff and discussed the experience with playing for Sir Paul McCartney.

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The Beatles were lucky to have Ringo

Ringo recently spoke about some candid feelings regarding his place in the Beatles’ legacy

“Within Liverpool, I was a lot more well know than them. Rory and the Hurricanes were big shots in the city. We had the suits. That was our claim to fame. The Beatles were lucky to get me. It wasn’t just that I was a big shot; I was a cool drummer.”

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Ringo Says No More Fan Mail

Source: AP

Ringo Starr doesn’t want to hear from you. If you do write, your letter will end up in the trash. After 45 years of stardom, he doesn’t want to spend any more time answering mail or sending signed photos back to fans.

The fan fatigue led the former Beatles drummer to post a sometimes angry sounding short video clip on his Web site telling fans that any mail sent to him after Oct. 20 will not be read or answered. British television stations broadcast the video on Tuesday.

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Today in Drumming History …

On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr played his first gig with the Beatles replacing Pete Best.  To honor this day, here is a video of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb 8, 1964.


Whatever Happened to The Beatles’ Original Drummer, Pete Best?


“I will never forget the expression when we played the first notes of ‘Long Tall Sally’ on the kids’ faces,” Best recalled Friday afternoon during a telephone interview from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., where his band was scheduled to play that night.

Suddenly, there was a great roar that ushered in the beginning of what was to become Beatlemania, Best recalled.

“It was a moment of magic,” the now 66-year-old Best said.

But Best’s career with the Beatles was short-lived. Just before his former band mates became successful British pop stars in 1962, the decision was made to replace him with Ringo Starr.

Former Beatles Manager Brian Epstein broke the news to Best and Best never spoke with John, Paul or George again.

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According to Ringo, The Beatles Happened Because There Was No Nat’l Service


Ringo Starr has been talking about how the end of national service in Britain actually made it possible for The Beatles to exist. The Legendary drummer from one of the greatest bands our world has ever seen has claimed that the reason for the huge pop explosion in the 60’s was only made possible because people no longer had to join the army.

Starr said “We were the first generation that didn’t go into the army,”he also added “I missed the call up by, like, 10 months, and so we were allowed, as these teenagers, not to be regimented and turn into these musicians.”

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