For 58 years, it was one of the most bitter divisions in the history of music – the day Pete Best was fired from the Beatles on the eve of the heyday.
But today, the abandoned drummer seemed to finally bury the hatchet to extend an olive branch to his replacement, who became a multimillionaire with the group.
Writing online, Best, 78, showed a touch of class by wishing Sir Ringo Starr best wishes for his milestone birthday.
He said, “I thought about it and thought why not. Happy birthday Ringo. It is special. Have a good day.’
Pete Best, 78, extended an olive branch to his replacement Sir Ringo Starr for his birthday
Pete Best behind the drums in Hamburg, Germany, in August 1960 before his dismissal
It was an extraordinary act of good humor from a musician who is known as one of the greatest men in the industry.
Best had been invited for the first time to join the Beatles in August 1960 on the eve of their first meeting season in Hamburg, Germany.
But two years later, Beatles manager Brian Epstein fired Best and replaced him with Sir Ringo.
At the height of Beatlemania, Best attempted suicide, but had always denied that it was depression due to the success of his former group.
Sir Ringo Starr turned 80 today and received a message from Best that he had replaced
He then played in a series of unsuccessful groups before leaving the industry to work as a public servant for 20 years.
Barely two years ago, he had said how much he thought the rest of the Beatles should have told him he was face to face.
He added that he had not spoken to any of them since his dismissal all these years before.
“I’m not saying I would change the outcome, but at least give me the decency to be there and face them,” he told Financial Review.
After the removal of Best, the Beatles were incredibly successful with Ringo on drums
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He told the Late Late Show earlier this year that he felt they had gone too far after his layoff.
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Better explained: “In the interviews after being expelled, they first said that I was not a good enough drummer, then suddenly I was anti-social, I did not speak, about bad mood, slow-witted.
“Come on, guys, give me a break. You already kicked me out of the group. Let go of me, just let me go back to my own life. ”
John Lennon had previously admitted that they had been cowardly not to tell him.
In 1995, the Beatles released Anthology 1, which featured the first songs with Best as a drummer, including songs from their auditions for the Decca and Parlophone labels, which saw Best get substantial sales.
Fans hailed his tribute to Sir Ringo as proving it was a “class act” and said his comments proved that “time obviously heals wounds”.
Yoko Ono was among those who sent birthday greetings to Sir Ringo.
John Lennon’s widow said, “Happy, happy birthday Ringo! Lots of peace and love, yoko. “
The famous Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles recorded much of their music, also celebrated the milestone on their Twitter page.
Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth tweeted: “Happy Birthday Ringo! In the 80s, I organized a charity party to salute the icons of the 60s.
“Ringo is the one on the left. And surprisingly in 2020, he can still fit in this suit and his Sergeant Pepper uniform. It’s a Starr! “
Former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill said: “Happy birthday Ringo. And thank you for putting the Beat in the Beatles! “