Beatle News  # 19 : Best & The Beatles

Pete Best

Pete Best

  • 1960 – Pete Best joins The Silver Beats (earlier known as The Quarrymen; and soon the group would be known as The Beatles). Two years later, drummer Pete Best, would be ousted from The Beatles.

Pete Best’s maternal grandfather was an Irish Major, serving in British India. Thus his mother was born in Delhi, and he was born in Madras; British India. They moved to Liverpool, UK in 1945.
Best joined as the drummer to a band which comprised of Lennon, Sutcliffe, McCarthy and Harrison; on 12th August 1960. Later that month, they would re-name themselves as The Beatles. After playing with The Beatles for two years, due to George Martin of Abbey Road Studio’s, who felt Best was not experienced enough as a drummer for music recording sessions, Pete Best was reluctantly fired by Brian Epstein in August 1962. Ringo Starr joined the group later as the replacement for Best. Years later Martin expressed great regret, as he wanted an experienced drummer for the recording sessions only, didn’t expect Best to be eliminated from the group entirely.

  • 1963 – The Beatles start a week long residency at The Odeon Cinema, Llandudno, Wales, UK (Two shows a night).
  • 1964 – A Hard Day’s Night premieres in cities across the United States.

(see  # 15)
The Beatles USA

  • 1966 – The Beatles American tour begins with the band playing in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This would be The Beatles final concert tour.

Although a success, the 1966 US tour marked the end of the Beatles’ concert days. This concert coincided with public outrage, in the United States, against The Beatles, after a publication of John Lennon’s infamous quote on Christianity, about ‘The Beatles being bigger than Jesus’ . Soon after this tour, the band ceased to perform commercial concerts, instead devoting their time to creating new material in the recording studio.

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

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