It was fifty years ago today- The Beatles reached an out of court settlement with their drummer before they made it big- Pete Best. Best had sued the group over a February 1965 interview in Playboy magazine where Ringo had said “He took little pills to make him ill.” Pete sued for defamation of character for $18 million- but settled for a lot less. The Pete Best controversy is one that is always kicked about- why did The Beatles sack him? Was it his drumming? His personality? There is no question that by all accounts he didn’t fit in well with the group. He was quiet and a loner. After the gigs he would go off and not hang around with the others. Also the fact seems to be he wasn’t that great of a drummer. Ringo was not only the better fit personality wise with The Beatles but also a superior drummer. The Beatles could have handled the situation better- they couldn’t bring themselves to do the sacking but had manager Brian Epstein do it. Pete would have a big pay day in the mid 1990’s when the first Beatles Anthology was released and some of the tracks he played on were part of the album.
Also on this date in 1969 in Beatles news- John Lennon in an interview with journalist Ray Coleman said that “Apple is losing money every week… if this carries on like this, all of us will be broke in the next six months.”