Pete Best

British musician, former member of the Beatles

Randolph Peter Best or Pete Best (born Randolph Peter Scanland; 24 November 1941) was The Beatles's original drummer. He was born on 24 November 1941 in Madras, India to an Indian mother and an English father. His mother, Mona, later owned the Casbah Club in Liverpool, where The Beatles would sometimes perform. Best was drummer for the group from 1960 until 16 August 1962, when the band and their new manager, Brian Epstein, fired him and replaced him with Ringo Starr. The reason was because when the band auditioned for EMI, record producer George Martin was not satisfied with Best's drum skills, and planned to replace him on their recordings.

Pete Best
Pete Best in 2005
Pete Best in 2005
Background information
Birth nameRandolph Peter Scanland
Also known asPete Best
Born (1941-11-24) 24 November 1941 (age 82)
Madras, British India
OriginLiverpool, England
GenresRock and roll, rock
Occupation(s)Drummer, Civil servant, Songwriter
Years active1959 – 1968,
1960–1962 (Beatles Drummer),
1988 – present

Best was devastated, and tried to form other bands with little success. He attempted suicide in 1965. He went on to work as a civil servant. In 1995, when The Beatles released their Anthology albums, which featured Best on some recordings, he received a large sum of money from the sales. He also found a new career, appearing at Beatles-related events such as conventions, where he sometimes played drums, with more skill than he showed in earlier days.