Pete Best Beatles Original Drummer
Pete Best
Beatles Original Drummer Photo by Walter J. Wojtanik

He remains Best of the Beatles.
He was Best before them.
He will still be Best when he dies.

Usurped by the ringed one,
all for a back-beating drum,
while the other “Beat Brothers” strum.

The first was alway Best!

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016

Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Sevenling: Music – Poetry and Painting Embrace: We Can’t Forget Claudia Schoenfeld



  1. Its an interesting journey for him…and giving up music only to come back to it later in life…makes you wonder what happened…i read an article that said he was not suitable for studio work, but…

    1. You had Lennon-McCartney and Harrison fronting the band. All he needed to do was keep the beat. You had Jimmy Nichols (who?) drumming while Ringo was away for a bit. Even Paul played the drums on some cuts in the studio, so they could’ve gotten by. Make no mistake, I love Ringo, but Pete could’ve gotten a break. Thanks for stopping, Brian!

    1. Thanks for catching the beat, Toni. Getting to know him a wee bit, I came away with a different impression of him. Much maligned and misunderstood. Best was good. Obviously, not good enough!

  2. It’s good that his would be wife didn’t dump him as she really wanted ‘the Best’ and not a beetle, nice play on his title and the last line is a great tribute to the man….

    1. If you’ve ever seen (or get the chance to see ‘Backbeat’) you’ll get an idea of the dynamic at play there, Bjorn. It’s actually about the “fifth” Beatle, Stuart Suttcliffe (original bassist) and his relationship with John and his(Stu) romance with Astrid Kutcherr. But it shows the animosity between Pete and the lads.

  3. Ah, as the saying goes, the one that got away. I did know this story — although many do not. Well done — excellent use of the word “best.”

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