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'Fifth Beatle' Pete Best's 'True' Story

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'Fifth Beatle' Pete Best's 'True' Story

'Fifth Beatle' Pete Best's 'True' Story

'Fifth Beatle' Pete Best's 'True' Story

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Pete Best was the drummer for The Beatles in their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg. His mother, Mona Best, was the owner of The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool.

An early portrait of The Beatles shows (l-r) Paul McCartney, Pete Best, George Harrison, and John Lennon. Best was later replaced by Ringo Starr. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The various early incarnations of The Beatles played The Casbah more than 90 times.

Best has just co-written a large-format book, The Beatles: The True Beginnings. Today he writes, records and tours with his own group, The Pete Best Band.