Pete Best and the Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison had formed the core of the Beatles by mid-1960, but they lacked a permanent drummer. When their manager booked a series of club dates in Hamburg, Germany, they needed a full-time drummer and fast. McCartney convinced Pete Best, drummer for a Liverpool bar band called the Black Jacks, to come with them to Hamburg. He did, and he was with the group for two years. As the band was laying down tracks at their first ever recording session, the Beatles’ new manager Brian Epstein told Best that “the lads don’t want you in the group anymore.” McCartney has said that Best was fired and replaced by Ringo Starr not because his drumming was bad, but because he didn’t fit in with the other three tight-knit Beatles. Needless to say, Best was a bit crushed when just a few months after he left the band, the Beatles became the most successful, famous, popular, and important band ever. After working as a civil servant in England for 20 years, he regularly tours as the frontman (or rather behind the drum kit) for the Pete Best Band.