got Pete Best because we needed a drummer for Hamburg,……
Pete Best was a great drummer, but Ringo was a Beatle’.
Harsh words from John Lennon, but were they the truth?
For almost 40 years everyone associated with The Beatles has had
his say as to why Pete Best was sacked, and now ‘Drummed
Out - The Sacking Of Pete Best’ attempts to paint the complete
Spencer Leigh’s book is a collection of quotations and interviews
by people who were around Pete at the time, and who knew him best;
but it is the additional research which the author has done that
makes this book fascinating.
For example, did you know that Pete and Roag Best are actually
half brothers, and even more dramatic is the fact that Roag Best’s
father is none other than Beatle faithful stalwart, Neil Aspinall!
Shocking revelations indeed!
But let’s not get too side-tracked here; this book is not
about exclusives, it is a collection of peoples' opinions. Paul
McCartney said, "Pete had never been quite like the rest
of us….he was slightly different from us…..he wasn’t
artsy as we were and we just didn’t hang out that much together….we
never really went to places together".
He may be telling
the truth, may not be, but for me Cynthia Lennon confirms what
both John and Paul have said in the past…. "their personalities
were not in tune with that of Pete. Musically yes; but as personalities
they didn’t gel. Ringo was just nutty enough to fit in,
whereas Pete was too serious for them."
So who was to blame for Pete’s sacking? The Beatles? Brian
Epstein? George Martin? Pete Best? The good thing about this book
is that it doesn’t provide the jigsaw, just the pieces.
Whether it was his poor drumming, his unreliability, his good
looks or his personality that proved to be his downfall it is
up to you to draw your own conclusions. I have read the book twice,
and in finding out how an elephant drowned and how many German
number ones Sweet had, I have resolved the last unresolved Beatle
mystery for myself!!!
I recommend that you also resolve it for yourself.
Executive Honorary Members:- Sir
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Executive Patrons:- Sir George Martin,
Julian Lennon. Patron:- Astrid Kirchherr. Honorary Members:- Cynthia
Lennon, Pete Best, Yoko Ono, Gay Byrne, Geoff Rhind, Gerry Marsden, Allan
Williams, Richard Lester, Harry Prytherch, (The Original Quarrymen):-
Rod Davis, Colin Hanton, Eric Griffiths, Len Garry, Pete Shotton.
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