Pete Best says Ringo Starr enjoyed th...

Pete Best says Ringo Starr enjoyed the fruits of his hard work

There are 385 comments on the Walrusgumboot story from Aug 18, 2006, titled Pete Best says Ringo Starr enjoyed the fruits of his hard work. In it, Walrusgumboot reports that:

The Beatles' original drummer Pete Best says that although there are no hard feelings between him and the group, he does feel that Ringo Starr enjoyed the fruits of his hard work with the band.

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Chris

Lansing, MI

#394 Feb 3, 2014
Once before I answered this question, who was better Ringo or Pete. Here is how I answered that question. Ringo was the best drummer for the Beatles, because he always knew what each song needed & he never tried to do too much. And his style complemented the others perfectly. Ringo was good but not phenomenal, like for example, Keith Moon, because the Beatles didn't require that kind of drummer.
Mjxgtplk

Northridge, CA

#395 Apr 24, 2014
I think the Beatles would have been WAY bigger with Pete!
Denver

San Mateo, CA

#398 May 26, 2014
Bill wrote:
Wow! What's with the anger?
Pete Beat was a great drummer and should have never been kicked out of the group. Just listen to Pete on the Beatles' recordings like "Besame Mucho", "Ain't She Sweet", "My Bonnie" or "Like Dreamers Do." These are all Beatles' classics that hold there own against any of Ringo's early drumming. In fact, "Ain't She Sweet" went to #19 at the height of Beatlemania in 1964. "My Bonnie" and "Why" were a hit singles as well.
Remember, Pete was a huge part of why Brian Epstein wanted to manage the band in the first place which lead to them being signed by EMI. It was Pete's photo alone that was printed in Mersey Beat magazine when their recording contract was announced. That's how popular he was! His early contribution to the group cannot be overstated.
Having said that, Ringo was also a great drummer and contributed enormously to the band as well. Pete never got a chance to grow further. I have no doubt he would have down a superb job drumming on later Beatles' tracks had he been given the chance.
I think a lot of people really don't know the real history of the Beatles. The assumption is that he only played with them live. Pete is on plenty of their early records. It's already been disproved that Pete missed a lot of gigs. In actuality McCartney was notorious for missing more shows than Pete.
I hope this clears a few things up for people who are still perpetuating false information.
Cheers!
Bill,

Great post! I agree with you 100%. Pete was the heart and soul of he early Beatles. Without him they probably wouldn't have gotten noticed by Brian Epstein. I like Ringo but Pete was the man!
Greg

Athens, Greece

#399 May 26, 2014
Chris wrote:
Once before I answered this question, who was better Ringo or Pete. Here is how I answered that question. Ringo was the best drummer for the Beatles, because he always knew what each song needed & he never tried to do too much. And his style complemented the others perfectly. Ringo was good but not phenomenal, like for example, Keith Moon, because the Beatles didn't require that kind of drummer.
Chris. To each their own. Ringo couldn't play like Moon, Moon couldn't play like Ringo. As far as who was better, Pete Best or Richard Starkey, who can answer? Anyway, why the Beatles changed their drummer, only Paul can say.
gmc68beatle

Liverpool, UK

#400 Sep 10, 2014
A lot of people in Liverpool know the real truth about how good (and popular) Pete truly was. 50 years of amazing Beatles fame and immense popularity and a little bit of half truths and convenient lies to justify an unjust sacking, and Pete sadly ends up the villain in all this. No one ever complained about his excellent drumming at the time, as The Beatles stormed the clubs of Liverpool and Hamburg. In fact, many Merseybeat musicians tried to copy his style. You have to remember in those days they were all unknowns and were not the legends they are today. Pete was the only one who got mobbed after gigs. People were starting to call them Pete Best and The Beatles. It's sad how all this is now lost in history. But like I say, many people in Liverpool who were there at the time know the real facts.
My hunch is that George Martin didn't understand or appreciate rock 'n' roll drumming and his remarks were enough to panic Paul McCartney as he may have felt it threatened their recording chances.
[gmc68beatle]

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