March 1st, 2007


So it wasn't Brian's decision at all...

Hunter Davies in 2007

Beatles’ guilt revealed

THE Beatles were embarrassed about the way their original drummer was ditched to make way for Ringo Starr, the band’s biographer Hunter Davies has revealed.

Davies, journalist, biographer, columnist, prolific author and raconteur, told an audience at Burgh House in Hampstead how his visit to the so-called fifth Beatle Pete Best while he was researching the biography had unnerved John, Paul and George.

He said: “When I told the Beatles. . .they sort of turned away because they were too guilty and embarrassed at the way they’d got rid of him. They got Brian Epstein to do the dirty deed. They hadn’t told him themselves, and that really hurt.”

Davies, who now lives Dartmouth Park, added, “ When I saw him (Best) he was wearing a grubby pair of white dungarees, having just come off the night shift where he had been slicing bread for £18 a week. At that moment The Beatles were among the richest and most successful people on the planet.”

Camden New Journal -
Published: 1 March 2007