10 Things You Didn't Know About The Beatles

9. Ringo Starr Was Not The Original Drummer

It seems inconceivable that The Beatles could consist of anyone other than Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, but that wasn't always so.

From 1960 to 1962, Pete Best was a close friend and full-time member of the band, playing with them on several recordings and touring extensively with them. He was an integral part in forming the band's early popularity, particularly among young women as Best was known for his good looks.

After a nod from producer George Martin, who had just agreed to produce a full album, Best was let go in favour of a drummer who could deliver a more consistent beat. Best was fired by the band's manager Brian Epstein, who had deliberated over the decision due to Pete's popularity with fans.

Needless to say this left the poor drummer down in the dumps. After spending years helping raise the status of the band, and just as the financial pay-off was about to happen, Best was ditched in favour of Ringo. Shortly after his dismissal the band broke into the UK charts with several number one hits.

In 1995, Best eventually received some credit for his early work. With the release of Anthology 1, which contained several recordings featuring Best, he was paid several million in royalties.


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