Thursday, July 28, 2011

Facebook campaign helps honor ex-Beatle with two Liverpool streets

In 1962, drummer Pete Best was on the receiving end of one of history's cruelest firings. His bandmates had just won a recording contract, but decided he wasn't quite talented enough to stay in the band. They intended to replace him with a friend from a rival group: Richard Starkey, also known as Ringo Starr. Best, beloved by the Beatles' earliest fans, had to watch from the sidelines as his former bandmates and Starr became the biggest group on the planet. Now, thanks to a Facebook campaign, he is getting a little compensation from the city where it all started. A group on the social network calling itself "Name a Street After Pete" aimed to persuade Liverpool City Council to honor Best; it gained more than 10,000 supporters. The council was persuaded, and announced that Best would get not one but two street names in a new housing development - one for himself, and one for the Casbah, a club started by his late mother Mona, where the Beatles played some of their earliest gigs
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