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Pete Best: ‘Barry White’s voice means instant romance for me and millions of others’

The original Beatles drummer reflects on the tracks that have inspired him over the years and on why he has no regrets about leaving the band

Pete Best: principally known as an original member and the first drummer of the Beatles. Picture: Getty

“What I always try to get across,” Pete Best once told this newspaper, “is that there’s really no need to feel sorry for me at all.” In August 1960 he was recruited to become the drummer for a little-known Liverpool band called the Beatles as they headed off for a season of club shows in Hamburg.

Over the next two years he clocked up roughly 1,000 hours on stage with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and ...