Who is the 5th Beatle? | Fab Forum

Introducing the inaugural Fab Forum February Fundraiser! Click here for more details.

Please consider registering
Guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Who is the 5th Beatle?
No permission to create posts
5 December 2009
8.51am
Avatar
mjb
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 528
Member Since:
14 October 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
8 December 2009
2.23am
Avatar
RufusWild
New York, NY
The Indra
Forum Posts: 36
Member Since:
12 September 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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...

"We were just a band, who made it very very big, that's all."
8 December 2009
7.47pm
Amphion
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 31
Member Since:
6 December 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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!!!

21 January 2010
3.34pm
Avatar
mjb
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 528
Member Since:
14 October 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
22 January 2010
11.25am
Avatar
Joe
Pepperland
Admin
Forum Posts: 4390
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

7 March 2010
3.26am
Avatar
sgtpepperbowman
Virginia, United States
The Jacaranda
Forum Posts: 29
Member Since:
20 February 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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

The following people thank sgtpepperbowman for this post:

Mr. Kite, Annadog40
I am the walrus that lives in a yellow submarine because I like to be in an octopus' garden
13 May 2014
8.07pm
Avatar
Annadog40
I am here, you are here, we are here and we are all together
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 9698
Member Since:
1 November 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Never say never cause it's never 'never'

If you can't log in and can't use the forum go here and someone will help you out.

No permission to create posts
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: Necko
38 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

meanmistermustard: 17114

Ahhh Girl: 10713

Annadog40: 9675

Zig: 7531

parlance: 7092

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Mr. Kite: 6092

Silly Girl: 5720

trcanberra: 5526

Ron Nasty: 4917

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3328

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 3814

Posts: 201680

Newest Members:

Stockholm1955, tomomi, ttn48griff, Beatles007, Edwardo

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 10713, meanmistermustard: 17114, Zig: 7531, Joe: 4390

Administrators: Joe: 4390, Ellie: 3

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today: VeraChuckDave
Upcoming: None