Pete Best and The Beatles
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16. Pete Best and The Beatles
Perhaps the most famous booting-out in rock history. Pete Best had it all - he was drummer in Liverpool's most popular band, the girls loved him and the Fabs were about to go stellar. Best played on the Beatles' audition at Abbey Road, but producer George Martin thought he wasn't good enough and employed a session musician instead. The rest of the band used this as an excuse to oust Best and bring in Ringo Starr, who had the same humour, the same musical style and, more importantly, had the same haircut. Pete Best left the band in August 1962, two months before the release of The Beatles' first single, Love Me Do. The rest is showbiz history, while Pete later became a baker.