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Who is the 5th Beatle?
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5 December 2009
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Alissa said:

If I had to choose... I think I'd choose. Hm.

Honestly, Pete, if anyone. He was in it all through their Hamburg days lasting until getting the boot, and it was obvious he was talented enough to generate a fan base that was entirely reluctant to let him go and welcome the new Beatle, that guy with the big nose and the funny name, to them!

While I think Stu would be a runner up to the 5th Beatle position, I think it should be Pete purely for the fact that to me, Stu didn't want to play. He wasn't big on performing- he was all their for John. Pete was a musician (more or less) in his own right, while Stu became the bassist because he could afford a decent instrument.

I admit though, I love Stu probably more than I've ever gotten into Pete Best. Sure, I'm positive he was talented if John and Paul let him play in the band, but Stu was an artist, and the best, understanding friend John could ever hope to have. He was an asset to the band in various ways, but really, Pete was the rhythm backbone to the Beatles for a while, so, I think it's Pete.

That's a very interesting reply. Most always say George Martin because of his influence. but naming Pete does make sense! We must remember, the Beatles' biggest problem in their founding years was the lack of a drummer and Pete stepped in to get them out of a crisis when they needed one for Hamburg. What if they hadn't found a drummer I wonder? OK, they would more than likely (beyond any doubt) have still been as big as they were, but Pete was there at the right time and played a very important part in their apprenticeship.

And the thing I like about Pete to this very day is the dignity he has shown over the years.  Not once has he slagged off the others and I thought it was fantastic that he finally got his "reward" when the Anthology CDs came out and his bank balance was boosted beyond his wildest dreams.

So I second Alissa's nomination: Randolph Peter Best Laugh

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8 December 2009
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What Pete Best went through.... good God, can you even imagine?  It must have been just amazing.  He so easily could have turned into the most bitter, mean-spirited, angry, depressed character.  Could anyone have blamed him? 

That said, I don't think he was aimportant as Brian Epstein or George Martin in the trajectory of the career we are all so fascinated by.  I'd vote for one of those two gentlemen -- or, of course, the ultimate cop-out answer: Us.  We are the Fifth Beatle.  Without us, there's nothing...

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No disrespect to your opinions, but George Martin has to be the 5th Beatle. The evolution of their music, and the evolution of all rock and pop music is as much to do with Martin as it is to do with Lennon and McCartney. Its often been quoted that The Beatles went from 'She Loves You' to 'Pepper' in four short years, and taking nothing away from John and Pauls writing ability, George Martin made a lot of things happen. Like deciphering John's request to have "A sound thats like the end of the world", and turning it into music, was Martin's genius. the Beatles would probably have been as big had they joined Decca in 1962, but whether they would have evolved so fast is open to debate!!!

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iCaramba said:

As for the Pete Best argument, I'll paraphrase John Lennon, who said: "Pete was a good drummer, but Ringo was a good Beatle."

But don't forget the other well known quote: "Ringo wasn't even the best drummer in the Beatles" Laugh

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Isn't that apocryphal? I'm not sure it was ever actually said, though it's normally attributed to John Lennon. Either way it's a great comment.

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When the group became known as The Beatles there was:

-John Lennon

-Stuart Sutcliffe

-Paul McCartney

-George Harrison

-Pete Best

So what I did is find when each one joined the group

1. John Lennon- 1957

2. Paul McCartney- 1957

3. George Harrison- 1958

4. Stuart Sutcliffe- 1960

5. ***Pete Best***- 1960

6. Ringo Starr- 1962


Please note that there were many other band members when they were known as the Quarrymen, but these members never were actually known as a Beatle, so therefore they are not included in my list

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