Ringo Starr’s response to replacing Pete Best was, “I was a better player.”

THE BEATLES’ Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best, the band’s original drummer, in the summer of 1962, later admitting that the musician “wasn’t a great drummer.”

Pete Best was forced out of The Beatles 59 years ago today, on August 16, 1962, after spending two years in Germany with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. The other members of the Fab Four hired Ringo Starr to cover Pete’s spot after he was fired from the band.

Ringo was performing with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes at the time, but Paul summoned him with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The drummer instantly became a part of the band, recording some songs with them practically as soon as he arrived.

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