The Talented Pete Best Part Five

The Talented Pete Best Part Five

The Pete Best Band

In 1988, after twenty years of turning down all requests to play drums in public, Best finally relented, appearing at a Beatles convention in Liverpool. He and his brother Roag performed, and afterwards his wife and mother both told him, “You don’t know it, but you’re going to go back into show business”. Best now regularly tours the world with the Pete Best Band, sharing the drumming with his younger brother Roag. The Pete Best Band’s album Haymans Green, made entirely from original material, was released on 16 September 2008 in the US, 24 October 2008 worldwide excluding the UK and 27 October 2008 in the UK.


On 6 July 2007, Best was inducted into the All You Need Is Liverpool Music Hall of Fame as the debut Charter Member. Best was presented with a framed certificate before his band performed. Liverpool has further honoured Best with the announcement, on 25 July 2011, that two new streets in the city would be named Pete Best Drive and Casbah Close.

Portrayals of Best

Film and television

Best is portrayed in several films about the Beatles. In the 1979 biopic Birth of the Beatles, for which Best was a technical advisor, he is played by Ryan Michael. In both the 1994 film Backbeat and in the 2000 television biopic In His Life: The John Lennon Story, Best is played by Liverpool native Scot Williams. The 2008 Rainn Wilson film The Rocker, about a drummer kicked out of a glam metal band through no fault of his own, was inspired by Best’s termination. Best had a cameo in the movie.


BEST!, a comedy play written by Liverpool playwright Fred Lawless, was staged at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1995 and 1996. The play, which was mainly fiction, showed a scenario where after Pete Best’s sacking, he went on to become a world-famous rock superstar while his ex-group struggled as one hit wonders. The play was critically acclaimed in both the Liverpool Echo and also in Spencer Leigh’s 1998 book Drummed Out : The Sacking of Pete Best.
Pete Best is a main character in David Harrower’s 2001 play Presence, premièred at the Royal Court Theatre, London, dramatising The Beatles’ time in Hamburg.

Cover versions

The American garage rock band Lyres covered “The Way I Feel About You” on their 1984 album On Fyre.



* “I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door” b/w “Why Did I Fall in Love with You” (Decca F 11929, Released: 1964)
* “Don’t Play With Me (Little Girl)” b/w “If You Can’t Get Her” (Happening 405, Released: 1965)
* “If You Can’t Get Her” b/w “The Way I Feel About You” (Happening HA1117, Released: 1965)
* “Kansas City” b/w “Boys” (Cameo 391, Released: 1965)
* “(I’ll Try) Anyway” b/w “I Wanna Be There” (Original Beatles Drummer 800, Released: 1965)
* “I Can’t Do Without You Now” b/w “Keys to My Heart” (Mr. Maestro Records 711, Released: 1965)
Another “Peter Best” single, “Carousel Of Love”/”Want You” (Capitol 2092) is not by Best, but an Australian performer with the same name.


* Best of the Beatles (Savage BM 71, Released: 1965)
* Includes: “I Need Your Lovin”; “Just Wait and See”; “Casting My Spell”; “Keys to My Heart”; “Why Did You Leave Me Baby?”; “Like My Sister Kate”; “I Can’t Do Without You Now”; “I’m Blue”; “Some Other Guy”; “She’s Alright”; “Nobody But You”; “Last Night”
* The Beatle That Time Forgot [Original Version] (Phoenix PB-22, Released: 1981)
* Includes: “I’m Checking Out Now Baby”; “I’ll Try Any Way”; “I Don’t Know Why (I Just Do)”; “How’d You Get to Know Her Name”; “She’s Not the Only Girl in Town”; “If You Can’t Get Her”; “More Than I Need My Self”; “I’ll Have Everything Too”; “The Way I feel About You”; “Don’t Play With Me (Little Girl)”; “Rock and Roll Music”; “All Aboard”
* Rebirth (Phoenix PB-44, Released: 1981)
* Includes: “I Can’t Do Without You Now”; “Off the Hook”; “She’s Alright”; “I Need Your Lovin'”; “Why Did You Leave Me Baby”; “High School Shimmy”; “I Wanna Be There”; “Everybody”; “Pete’s Theme”; “Keys to My Heart”
* The Beatle That Time Forgot [Reissue] (Phoenix PHX 340, Released: 1982)
* Includes: “I’ll Try Anyway”; “I Don’t Know Why I Do (I Just Do)”; “She’s Not the Only Girl in Town”; “More Than I Need My Self”; “I’ll Have Everything Too”; “I’m Checking Out Now Baby”; “How’d You Get to Know Her Name”; “If You Can’t Get Her”; “Rock and Roll Music”
* Back to the Beat – (1995)
* The Pete Best Combo: Beyond the Beatles 1964–1966 (1 February 1996)
* Live at the Adelphi Liverpool 1988 – (23 September 1996)
* Best (18 August 1998)
* Casbah Coffee Club 40th Anniversary Limited Edition (1999)
* The Savage Young Beatles (10 May 2004)
* Haymans Green – Released 16 September 2008 (US), August 2008 (UK) (The Pete Best Band)

On film

* The Rocker (Cameo) DVD (UK) Directed by Peter Cattaneo 2008.

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