Sunday, 1 October 2017

Finding the Fourth Beatle by Dave Bedford - Get your copy!

We are excited to share this news of a new book out now by our "man in Liddypool", Dave Bedford.  If you have read his previous books, you will know why we are thrilled about this new release.

Read the press release by David himself which explains the book and contains instructions on how to get a copy.  Happy reading.

Since the summer of 1962, Beatles fans have debated the topic of why The Beatles sacked Pete Best, and replaced him with Ringo. Since I first started writing about The Beatles, initially for the London Beatles Fan Club, and became part of the new British Beatles Fan Club as “Our Man in Liddypool”, this topic has fascinated me. In both of my books, “Liddypool” and “The Fab one hundred and Four”, I have examined this from every angle I could.

Following on from looking at all of the musicians who contributed to the evolution of The Beatles, my latest book is “Finding the Fourth Beatle”, with my friend Garry Popper, looking at every drummer who played with the group, from The Quarrymen in 1956, right up until 1970, and I have found 18 drummers! 

But more than that, I have succeeded in my quest to find out what really happened in August 1962. The most important revelation is: Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by Brian or The Beatles!
I know that sounds incredible, and goes against what he have always understood, but it is true, and can be supported by evidence from an eyewitness who was closely involved in the saga. The whole book is written in a new and exciting style, where we have tested eyewitnesses and every account, with each claim supported by evidence. It will rewrite Beatles history as we know it on several topics.

Finding The Fourth Beatle - Book/ Album
The is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through the 18 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you will not have heard of before: The Beatles’ crises; changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle. It is:
  • The story of all the 18 drummers
  • Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t
  • Expert analysis of the Beatles drummers by drummers
  • Why Brian Epstein didn't sign the Beatles first contract
  • Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition
  • Proof of whether The Beatles were under contract or not at Parlophone in June 62?
  • Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo, and how and when Ringo was asked
  • Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers
  • Double CD of over 40 tracks by the drummers, plus the Decca audition, Parlophone audition and much more
The book is being issued as a limited, numbered and signed edition of only 1000 and are already going fast, even before we launched the pledgefund site! See the latest issue of the BBFC mag for more info on the story. 

Dave Bedford
“Our Man in Liddypool”


  1. While I admire what David is doing and his quest to leave no stone unturned, does he really think that he is going to add anything Lewishon hasn't covered in Tune in Vol 1 (expanded version)?
    The Best story bores me to tears now. There is no mystery if one accepts the evidence of their ears and the testimony of those who were there. And in any case S Leigh took the scatter gun approach and ended up saying nothing in 'Drummed Out'.
    Pete was hired out of expediency; he never really fitted in; his mother was domineering; his drumming was rudimentary even by early 60s standards; his skill was questioned during the Polydor recordings; it was questioned again during the Decca audition; his drumming on the Love Me Do session was so poor (just LISTEN to it) that Martin decided to book a session drummer. 50 years of feeling sorry for Pete should not alter the facts. And two things should also be remembered. When he was sacked no one could have foreseen the level of success and fame the Beatles achieved (how many other musicians were sacked in June 1962 that no one has ever spent 2 seconds discussing); and the Beatles made it with Ringo. So why should they have ever doubted their decision.
    Finally, when John was asked, years later, he simply stated he wasn't up to the gig.
    The 18 drummers intrigues me because I can only come up with 12 names...

  2. I'm also guessing the 'Pete wasn't sacked' claim is due to Lewishon's revelation (to me anyway) that the Beatles as a company was ended and a new company was created (without Pete) in order to avoid a potential lawsuit. If so, Lewishon has covered this in sufficient detail. If not, why has Pete spent 50 years claiming he was never told why he was sacked?

  3. Thanks for your comments James which I am happy to answer. I have uncovered several pieces of evidence that other authors including Mark Lewisohn hasn't, and the revelation of not being sacked is not just a variation on what was done with the company it is much bigger than that. There are several instances where I will prove, with evidence, that some of the conclusions from many books including TuneIn do not have right. This isn't a regurgitation of other stories, but the culmination of 17 years of research. Pete had no idea what was being done to him. If he had it could have been very different. However, I didn't want this to be all about one author's opinion against another, so I have has several drummers analyse Pete's drumming because most of us weren't there to have seen him. Several of the points you have made are challenged in the book, and the conclusions are fascinating, if we are to get Beatles history right. However, this is not a book to just praise Pete Best and dismiss Ringo! No way. What we are doing is making a clear case that only Ringo could have done what he did for The Beatles and how he was the Pioneer of a new way of playing that changed pop music forever. We are celebrating Ringo and concentrating on why he was so perfect for The Beatles. The book is the journey to find Ringo, the Fourth Beatle. So the final conclusion is: Pete Best was not sacked. He was not a crap drummer. But Ringo was the right drummer to take the Beatles to the next level. Every claim is made with evidence and I have found a lot of new evidence that is unique to this book. Dave Bedford

  4. Thanks for taking the time to reply, David. And you have piqued my interest...
    However, the problem is that I listen to Love Me Do recorded in Pete's one visit to Abbey Road and I understand the dilemma that Martin and the Beatles faced, and no amount of 'expert' opinion will shake that. As for the opinion of other drummers - that's exactly what Spencer Leigh did.
    Now here's the thing. I am a bit of a drummer myself, and a big fan of jazz and fusion. My favourite drummers include Jon Hiseman, Billy Cobham, Mike Clark and Lenny White, so I don't fall over backwards to praise Ringo. I think that technically he left a lot to be desired, but he was creative; and he did play well within a band, and the truth is that good drummers were rare in the whole of the UK in 1962, let alone Liverpool. Ringo was also a big hit in America and part of the general appeal of the band, and so it is difficult to see how Pete could have made the same impact. In the early 80s, when I first began to read up more thoroughly, I did try to imagine the Beatles with 4 guys about the same height, all grammar school boys, and good looking, but that was probably why Ringo had such an impact - the point of contrast.
    But here's the thing: you state Ringo was the one for the Beatles, so why does the debate continue? I think Pete was very limited, and I invite others to listen to his recordings (e.g. Polydor where they took away his toms and bass drum). So why would the opinion of other drummers change my mind?
    I can't help feeling that the real reason the Pete story keeps rumbling is that it is the one obvious 'what if' debate within the Beatles story where it would seem that one guy had the best luck in the world and someone unfairly lost out. But from the inside of the Beatles in June 1962, they made a policy decision that was absolutely right at the time (as bands have done from the birth of popular music).

  5. Hi James my humble apologies but I didn't realise you had replied to my post. I will put that right now.

    Ok, other drummers opinions first of all. An opinion on its own is a conversation piece. What we have done is enlist the help of 9 drummers with different backgrounds, ages, experience etc and had them analyse the drumming of Pete and Ringo not just a general opinion. That means going through the Polydir recordings, Decca audition and EMI audition track by track with analysis. Ive not seen that done before so I hope that helps.
    We've done the same with Ringo and getting into what his style is and how he progressed as a drummer with the Beatles. Hardest thing to do is compare the two of them as that becomes a lot of speculation. What I have realised is that Pete was a great drummer for the Beatles at that time in their evolution but for where they were going, changing from rock n roll band to pop group who wrote their own songs, they felt they needed someone different and that ended up being Ringo. Remember that it wasn't ever get rid of Pete for Ringo. It was George Martin told Brian after the June audition that he wanted to use a session drummer so they thought they had to get rid of Pete. Once they decided that they started looking and ended up with Ringo but he proved over the years to be the right man for the job. Also remember that in August 1962 when they made the change they had no idea about fame, films and breaking America. We have to judge it all with 1962 eyes then analyse the choice they made.

    The story has rumbled on because they weren't honest in the first place and created this mystery but now we know as much as we ever will about what really happened and that he wasn't sacked. And that can be proved.