Pete Best - the
Legendary Fifth Beatle
In his own words
Born November 23, 1941, in Madras,
India (I'm a
Saggitarius, Scorpio cusp)
Best (1924-1988, bless her)
Casbah Coffee Club in the cellar of the our house in
Liverpool, which became very popular, the membership list grew
to over a thousand and
Beatles (then known
played some of their first concerts.
Best, came from a family of sports promoters in Liverpool, who
once owned and ran the Liverpool
All the rooms were painted dark green or brown, and the
garden was totally overgrown.
first played at the Indra club in Hamburg, but slept in
small, dirty rooms, which were noisy, cold, and directly behind
the screen. After the closure of
the Indra because of complaints about the noise,
The Beatles played in the
discovered that the audition was not needed, as The Beatles
hadn't found any other drummer with My Magnificent Thighs or
who was willing to travel to Hamburg, but the bastards didn't
tell me in case I asked for more money.
As a snub to
Koschmider, I found a condom in my luggage, attached it to a
nail on the concrete wall of the room, and set fire to it.
There was no real damage done, but Koschmider reported us both
for attempted arson. Me and Macca spent three hours in a local
jail and were deported, as was George, for working under the
legal age limit on 30 November 1960.
Liverpool, no-one contacted each other for two
I became a
"steady" drummer, meaning that I played the bass drum on all
four beats in the bar, which pushed the rhythm. I forced all my
emotions into my gigantic right foot. No-one else had the balls
to try this, let alone make
invited to sing a "speciality" number called
Twist" while McCartney
played the drums, but I always felt uncomfortable being at the
front of the stage; the hail of panties was
1962, I was fired by The Beatles because George Martin was jealous of my
drumming. I also was reluctant to adopt that stoopid mop-top
haircut and was *far* more popular with the chicks than the
others; so everyone was pretty much jealous & pissed
group was good enough to be signed to a contract (even though
they had *already* signed a contract with Brian Epstein) but
with one exception; Martin and his engineers did not like my
"The lads don’t want
you in the group anymore."
to suffer jeers and heckling in the street and on stage for
weeks afterwards, with fans shouting,
Pete Best forever!"
"What ever happenned to that guy?"
Curtis & the All Stars, which then broke off from Lee and
Best & the All Stars. We then signed to Decca Records - who
had previously rejected The Beatles - and released the single
"I’m Gonna Knock On
Your Door", which was
not a hit.
I did shift
work loading bread into the back of delivery vans, earning £8 a
week, and married a girl named Kathy who worked behind the
biscuit counter at a Woolworth's store, then became a civil
servant for 20 years. I tried to commit suicide, but was
somehow talked out of it by Mona, and my brother,
bailed to the United States along with songwriters Wayne
Bickerton and Tony Waddington.
As The Pete
Best Four, and
later as The
Pete Best Combo (now five guys), toured America with a
combination of 1950's songs and original tunes, recording for
small labels, but had little success.
currently touring the U.S.
Pete Best Band, sharing the drumming with Roag. In
July 2007, I was inducted into
You Need Is Liverpool Music Hall of
the debut Charter Member, whatever that
I am not in
frequent contact with the lads, but they know where to find
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