Pete Best, born Randolph Peter Best in Madras, India on November 24, 1941, joined the Beatles, John, Paul, George,
and Stu Sutcliffe, in late 1960. Their previous drummer, Tommy Moore, had left earlier in the year. Pete's mother, Mona Best,
ran The Casbah Club, a cellar club in Hayman's Green, where the Beatles had been playing. When Allan Williams got the Beatles
booked to play two months in Hamburg, Pete was asked to join the group. Pete was very quiet in Hamburg, he did not partake
of the uppers the way everyone else did, and spent a lot of his off time out of the company of the others. The girls in Hamburg
were wild over him, and would shout at him on the stage in English and German.
The other Beatles thought Pete was a pretty good drummer, but then in Hamburg they heard and met Ringo. When the Beatles
and Pete returned to Liverpool, Mona acted as the booking agent for what she considered "Pete's band". She got them introduced
into the Cavern Club. Pete played on "My Bonnie" and the other tracks recorded with Tony Sheridan for Bert Kaempfert in Germany.
In November 1961, Brian Epstein became the Beatles' manager, and in April 1962, Brian succeeded in getting them an
audition with George Martin at Parlophone, which happened on June 6. By this time, both Paul and George were encouraging Brian
to help them get rid of Pete, to bring on Ringo permanently, who had been filling in for Pete with the Beatles every now and
then. In late July, George Martin committed to recording the Beatles. When George Martin told Brian that he didn't care for
Pete, and that they would use another drummer on the sessions, he didn't know the Beatles were already thinking the same thing.
Brian told him during a lunchtime meeting in his office on August 15. Mersey Beat broke the news on August 23. Pete
Best fans were outraged. Petitions signed by hundreds were received at Mersey Beat. Cries of "Pete Best Forever---Ringo,
never!" were heard at the Cavern Club. The following Monday, one of the many scuffles outside the Cavern Club resulted in
a black eye for George Harrison.