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Lee Curtis And The All Stars
1962/63 - After The Beatles
Following Pete's dismissal from The Beatles on August 16th 1962, he was immediately approached by Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. They wanted him to take Ringo's place, who had ironically replaced Pete in the Beatles. Pete declined.
Epstein contacted Pete asking him to consider joining another of his groups, The Merseybeats. Brian wanted to mould the band into another Beatles. Again, Pete declined.
A month after Pete's infamous exit from the Beatles he finally settled into his new role with Lee Curtis and The All Stars. With Pete as the backbone of the group, the band toured the UK and Germany, with an ever-growing fan base who were to witness a head-to-head competition between Pete's new band and their rivals, The Beatles.
In 1963 the band was awarded second place in the Merseybeat Poll, being beaten into second place by a narrow margin from the winners - The Beatles! The highlight of the year was when Lee Curtis secured a recording contract with Decca.
Pete Best and The All Stars, The Pete Best Four
Pete and the All Stars eventually decided to split from Lee and develop their own distinctive sound, again successfully completing a successful tour of the UK and Germany.
The manager responsible for turning down the Beatles at Decca, Mike Smith, decided that Pete and The All Stars was just the band that they had been looking for. Now under contract from Decca, the band's name was changed to The Pete Best Four. They released a number of singles and appeared on TV in the UK's number one music programme Ready Steady Go.
The Pete Best Combo
The Pete Best Combo completed a European tour prior to visiting the USA. Once in America the group recorded in New York for Bob Gallo and later, The Cameo Label. Following their recordings, the band embarked on a tour of the US and Canada.
Ten Years On
In 1968, after playing professionally for a decade, Pete decided that family life was more important than playing and put down his sticks for the last time. Two of Pete's band, Tony Waddington and Wayne Bickerton, continued their careers in the music business with The Rubettes. After becoming millionaire songwriters they opened Odyssey recording studios. It would be 20 years before Pete was to pick up his sticks again…