Martin Apologizes To Replaced Beatles Drummer

 

The topic of the sacking of Pete Best has always been a touchy subject.  Obviously, no one really like to talk about.  It’s sensitive, and uneasy.  It is clouded in mystery as well.  There really is no clear answer as to why Pete Best was fired.  There has never been definitive closure on the topic.  No one can pinpoint one reason for the dismissal.

It seems strange now that George Marting would even bring up the topic.  It happened all those years ago.  Why open up old wounds for Pete?  Why dredge up the topic once again?  It a nice gesture to publically apologize for the sacking, but doesn’t this apology come nearly 40+ years too late?   

Here’s what we’ve read.

Legendary producer Sir George Martin has made a public apology to replaced Beatles drummer Pete Best.

The 66-year-old musician was part of the fab four from 1960 to 1962, before Ringo Starr was drafted into the band to take his place – and the music mogul now insists he feels “guilty” over the dismissal.

Martin authorized the change just before the Beatles shot to fame, with Best going on to work as a civil servant for 20 years before establishing his own band years later.

Martin says, “I felt guilty. Maybe I was the catalyst that changed his life.”

Source: Hip-Hop Elements

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11 Responses

  1. I don’t think the apology was late. It’s better than never. No one at the time knew how significant the Beatles would become and it wasn’t done to intentionally hurt Pete.

  2. I have talked to Pete recently and he certainly gives the impression that he is very happy with his life and the things that he is freely able to do.

  3. Isn’t this being taken out of context?
    I doubt that Mr Martin popped up from his retirement couch and screamed his apology from the highest mountain appropros of nothing.
    This is a small segment from a magazine interview being hauled into unnecessary limelight.

  4. And anyway, I don’t see how it would “open up old wounds”. I’ve met old enemies of mine from school who have apologized for things they’ve done to me a long time ago, and it always makes me very happy to finally forgive and forget. Sometimes later in life you look back at things you’ve done and you think “I really shouldn’t have done that” and you want to apologize to clear your conscience. There’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong at all.

  5. PETE IS A GREAT PERSON AND DRUMMER TOO.

    HE HAS DONE WELL WITH HIS LIFE, WIFE AND KIDS, HIS HEALTH IS GOOD, HE LOVES TOURING WITH HIS BAND.

    I’M SURE PETE HAS FORGIVEN THEM YEARS AGO, BESIDES , HE IS ONLY ONE OF THREE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD, WHO CAN SAY THEY WERE BEATLES.

  6. Never forgot the cutest beatle. Listened 2 him on Ken Dashows Breakfast With The Beatles – would love to see him in concert

  7. something similar happenned to me, i am an ex drummer, i just wasnt good enough for a recording studio, a drummer needs to be tight also i liked a pint of beer at the time which isnt a good thing when drumming lol

  8. George Martin auditioned The Beatles for Parlophone records, and decided to offer them a recording contract. However, he and his sound engineers didn’t like Pete’s drumming. When The Beatles heard about this they asked Brian Epstein to fire Pete. They had been looking for a reason to get rid of him because they (especially McCartney) were jealous of the attention he got from the fans. He was the one the girls screamed for and was the best looking one. Also, he didn’t socialise much with the other Beatles, he was the quiet one who didn’t get drunk or do drugs, and often was just happy to be on his own. When George Martin heard that Pete had been fired, he thought Epstein and The Beatles had made a terrible mistake, because the great draw for the fans at that time was Pete. Martin needed a drum sound in the recording studio that was different to the beat Pete was laying down, but he felt that at live gigs the fans didn’t care much about the drumming quality, but they did care very much about the drummer himself, Pete. On The Beatles breakthrough hit record Love Me Do, Martin didn’t use Ringo on the drums – he used a session drummer named Andy White!

  9. p.s. Trust me – that’s exactly how it happened, and George Martin doesn’t need to feel guilty. He didn’t like Pete’s drum sound on the audition tracks but he never asked for him to be fired. That was the other Beatles idea, only they didn’t have the guts to do it themselves, so they got Brian Epstein to do it for them. John himself admitted this years later. Nobody needs to feel guilty. They were young then and it was a rough, tough rock ‘n’ roll world they were living in. We all do things we later regret – but, hey, that’s life! Pete has to be admired and respected for the way he has conducted himself over the years, never wallowing in self-pity but getting on with his life with the love and support of his wife of over 40 years. Keep on rockin’ !!

  10. God bless Pete. All he has ever wanted was for somebody (beatles) to tell him face to face…why?And I’m sure he would forgive them. It’s so long ago and life goes on. He is a nice guy but he just wasn’t like the others. I read somewhere that John said “Mo” (Pete’s mom) was one of the reasons they canned Pete. He is a Beatle and nobody can take that away from him.

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