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Close, But No Cigar

The Daedalus Howell Show returns this week with a “close, but no cigar,” premise: Pete Best was the Beatles’ original drummer, but was replaced on the eve of their big break – Sonoma promoter Elizabeth MacDonald speaks about her friend then and now; Actor Perry King discusses his turn in the Class of 1984 (now…

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Pete Best, The Beatles’ Bummer Drummer

Pete Best survived what may be a drummer’s worst nightmare (second only to perhaps Def Leppard’s Rick Allen losing his arm). As those even untouched by Beatlemania may know, Best was rock legend The Beatles? original percussionist who was replaced in 1962, some insist mysteriously, by Ringo Starr just before the Beatles broke big. Nearly…