18 March 2013
I was watching House MD a while back and the dialogue went like this:
House: Pete Best. Good God ! Has none of you ever read a history book? The original Beatles drummer. A bunch of nerves controls the tempo of the heart. They're all playing in time, except one dude can't keep the beat. Wrecks the whole thing. So we hire Ringo.
Kutner: Pete Best was actually a great drummer, but I assume you mean the patient needs a cardiac sympathectomy?
I laughed at someone thinking Pete Best was "a great drummer".
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12 May 2015
Apparently it was George that really pushed to have Best replaced by Ringo, the 2 never really got along and it was clear from his time in Germany that he didn't really fit in with the others personality wise. It must have been a cruel blow to Pete though just as the band were on the verge of making it, but listen to the version of 'Love Me Do ' on 'anthology1' - Bests playing is clumsy and he loses the beat. So it was the right call by the group. I think Best was a solid enough live drummer but Ringo could provide backbeat equally well but also could be more inventive in his playing.
Thing is Best was renowned as one of the best drummers in Liverpool, but The Beatles make it sound like they just literally grabbed anyone to go to Hamburg. Yet the band made no attempt to replace him on their return from Germany.
Its nice to see that he got some recompense eventually after the anthology stuff got released. As Paul said 'a wrong needed righting'.