There’s no doubt that when we think of The Beatles or the Fab Four as they’re also known, that we associate the band members as Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Star and George Harrison. But what a lot of us may not realise or tend to forget is that it wasn’t always this way. Aged 69 years of age now, Pete Best became the first Beatles drummer back on 12 August 1960, a day coincidentally before they flew off to Hamburg to play a list of gig dates.
Just two years later, manager at the time Brian Epstein fired Best replacing him with Ringo Starr. The reason, he lacked talent or so it was thought. It caused an outrage to fans who adored Best at the time and from that day onwards Best unfortunately got forgotten as a key band member in the early days.
Now that’s all changed thanks to a campaign which has popped up on social networking site Facebook. As we know the site which to date has racked up a staggering 750 million users from its early launch back in 2004, is used by the everyday Joe Blogs as well as celebrity figures. People can search out their friends and long lost relatives through the aid of the site, join groups of interest and get invited to a special event, upload, share and tag photos, pay tribute to a passing star such as the recent death of music artist Amy Winehouse and so on.
The Best campaign called “Name a Street After Pete” was set up on the popular site, in order to get a street name set up in Liverpool in honor of drummer Pete Best. In turn the cause racked up more than 10,000 supporters and as Mashable reported, not just one but two streets were named thanks to everybody’s campaigning and Liverpool City Council.
One of the two streets will be named after Pete with the other being named after his late mothers club “Casbah” an old haunt that was used in the early days for the Beatles gigs.
In response to the streets and their names, councillor Malcolm Kennedy for Liverpool Council said, “We only name a street after a living person if it is an exceptional case. Pete Best is certainly one of those exceptional individuals – he has made a significant contribution to the musical heritage of our city, and he is a worthy recipient.” To find out more about Pete Best click here to head on over to wikipedia.
What are your thoughts on two streets being named after the former Beatles drummer Pete Best and the club Casbah? Have you got an early recognition of Pete Best with the Beatles? Perhaps you saw them play at the mentioned club?