He was The Beatles’ original drummer, the one that got replaced by Ringo Starr and missed the ride to music immortality. Which might also make him the disgruntled Beatle.
But was Pete Best the best-looking Beatle?
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Recently discovered in The Palm Beach Post’s archives is this November 1965 photo by Miami News photographer Charles Trainor. The Miami News was the Post’s sister paper. At the time, Best was spending the weekend with a disc jockey in Coconut Grove. It was about one year after the Fab Four conquered America, visited the Sunshine State and performed in Miami Beach on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Tastes differ — some prefer Paul McCartney, the “cute one,” or the spiky appeal of John Lennon. Some even prefer the offbeat charms of George Harrison and Starr.
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It was 48 years ago in April that Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles, and even though nearly half a century has passed since then, interest in the greatest band of all time remains high.
The 2000 “1” album, a compilation of all of the Beatles number one singles, itself went to No. 1 — 30 years after the band broke up. Millions of fans, and not just baby boomers, listen to Beatles songs on the online streaming service Spotify every month.
There are dozens of books written about the legendary rock band, examining their rise, their influence on the zeitgeist of the ’60s, and why they have retained their appeal all these years later. No music act has been the subject of more television documentaries than the Beatles.
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Primary school-age kids are being given lessons in Beatlemania at one of the most unusual school classrooms in Britain.
The award winning Beatles Story museum in Liverpool said Monday its Discovery Zone, a fun educational area for primary schools, has been given an exciting new upgrade to educate children on The Beatles' early lives, rise to fame, music and their connection to Liverpool.
The new investment into the educational facilities at the Beatles Story has seen a full refurbishment of the Discovery Zone, incorporating exciting new features linking the story of the Beatles, their early lives and rise to fame with key areas of Britain's National Curriculum for primary schools.
Children learn about the legacy of Liverpool's most famous sons, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, through creative play on a giant interactive floor piano, touch-screen interactives and many other fun learning zones, connecting topics geography, history, fashion, technology, art and music.
Top of the list of new features is a new giant interactive floor piano, inspired by the popular film, BIG, children starring American actor Tom Hanks.
Stella McCartney said she feels “blessed” to have Sir Paul McCartney as a father as she wished him a happy birthday.
The designer posted a picture of the pair on Twitter to mark the Beatles star’s 76th birthday on June 18.
She wrote: “Birthday boy….
“Blessed daughter to have you by my side every step…
“Love you dad x Stella.”
Sir Paul also received birthday messages from the estates of late Beatles stars John Lennon and George Harrison.
Lennon’s account tweeted a black and white image of the singer with the message: “Paul was one of the most innovative bass players that ever played bass.
“Happy Birthday @PaulMcCartney.”
A tweet from Harrison’s account said: “I’d become friendly with Paul, I remember him coming round to my house and I had this guitar, he had a trumpet.
Growing up, my dad hated The Beatles. Then again, my dad also hated being a dad and basically opted out of that role. Let it be, as Paul would say. But when you’re a kid with that kind of emotional absence plenty of surrogate dads step in. These men seem to sense their loving expertise is desperately needed; teen girls, for all our haughty skepticism need earnest devotion like we need air. So, my Beatles dad was my choir teacher, a lowkey musical genius named Dana Libonati who, for some reason, taught choir in my tiny hometown of McMinnville, Oregon. Before I met Rob Sheffield I was positive no one on the planet loved The Beatles more than Dana (I’m not being disrespectful, he insisted we call him by his first name).
I mentioned he was a musical genius? Dana used to create his own personal arrangements of Beatles songs designed for four or five parts so my choir could sing them. We did “Gotta Get You Into My Life.” “Can’t Buy Me Love.” “In My Life.” So many more.
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Forty-four years ago this month, former Beatle Paul McCartney and the members of his current band, Wings, arrived in Nashville for a month-long vacation and rehearsal. McCartney and his entourage stayed at a farm just outside Music City owned by famed songwriter Curly Putman Jr. ("D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Green, Green Grass of Home") and made a visit to the Grand Ole Opry, which, to McCartney's disappointment, had recently moved to Opryland from the location the Liverpool native was anxious to visit, the Ryman Auditorium.
On June 16th, McCartney and his wife Linda were among the audience at a historic Opryland performance featuring longtime partners Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, with Parton telling the crowd it's "the last time we'll play together."
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