Pete Best


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Musician, Drummer

Pete Best grew up with a strong musical influence within his mother. She encouraged the passion and desire to bring music into the lives of Pete and the kids in Liverpool, England by opening the Casbah, a music club, below his childhood home. Despite picking up a guitar as his first instrument, Pete quickly found his way to the drums and joined a local group, the Blackjacks. Pete then joined up with three other young guys, John, Paul, and George, from Liverpool as they were setting out for their first tour in Hamburg, Germany. Pete remained the drummer with the Beatles from 1960 to 1962 until he was replaced by Ringo Starr. Pete later went on to work with Lee Curtis and the All-Stars as well as the Pete Best Combo before deciding to leave music and make raising a family a priority. These days, Pete has embraced his experience with the Beatles and has rejoined the music scene playing for adoring audiences around the world.