It was 1961, and a friend booked the gig in the Palais Ballroom, Aldershot, Hampshire. The Beatles and their friend, Sam Leach, hoped to attract the attention of London record executives, but Leach didn’t realize Aldershot was a military town 37 miles outside London.
Also, the ad that Leach paid to have in local papers never showed up because Leach paid with a check instead of cash and didn’t provide contact information.
Dec. 9, 1961, the Beatles in Aldershot [Alex Q. Arbuckle – Retronaut]
The reasons behind Best’s notorious 1962 dismissal as The Beatles’ drummer—two years before their historic Ed Sullivan Show performance—has never been fully explained. It has been said that Best lacked the solid beats needed to support a rock band, while others claim John and Paul were jealous of Pete’s good looks. Still others say Best was too quiet and a bit moody.
The firing took its toll on Best, who attempted suicide in the mid-’60s. He did shift work in a bread factory before finding happiness as a civil servant. Best has been married to the same woman for over 50 years, has two daughters and five grandchildren. He also has his own band, The Pete Best Band, and his own fans. Pete Best has not spoken to any member of The Beatles since that fateful day in 1962.
Also, Stu Sutcliffe quit the band in 1961 to focus on his painting. He died of a brain tumor the following year. He was only 21 years old.
Lennon, Stuart’s closest friend in the band, asked that Sutcliffe be included on the whimsical cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Yoko Ono has said that hardly a day went by when her husband did not mention Sutcliffe’s name.