@bobber, tkitna, ect...
The reason they got Pete wasn't just because drums were an expensive item and nobody in Liverpool could afford to buy them. Other people in town had drum kits. They asked other people. They asked around a lot. They had their friends ask around a lot of too. All of the other drummers in town knew who The Quarrymen were. Nobody wanted the job. Not one single person in the entire town of Liverpool was interested in going to Hamburg to play with that assh--- John Lennon and his terrible, embarrassing Quarrymen band. Nobody.
Why didn't Tommy Moore go with them? He had a drum kit. How about Johnny Hutchinson, Brian Hudson, Graham Leigh, Colin Hanton, Jeff Wallington, Allan Schroeder, Cliff Roberts, Brian Redman, Mike Sloan, Brian Cochen, Frank Wibberley, John Cochran ? They all had kits. A lot of other people in Liverpool had drum kits too.
Why didn't they go out and get Liverpool's best drummer, the great Ringo Starr? Surely Ringo will be smart enough to realize that if he was drumming for Lennon, McCartney & Harrison they could be the greatest band in the history of the world.
The truth is, he wouldn't have wanted to go to Germany to play with them just either.
They used him because he was the most reliable drummer they had at the time (meaning he was actually there to play) and he and Mona provided a place to practice and play while also taking some of the business pressures off of them. Sweet deal.
Yeah, it was a sweet deal. A year hanging out and playing Rock & Roll at Mona Best's Casbah Coffee Club, the place that launched the entire Liverpool Rock & Roll scene. Then another 2 years with her son Pete as the drummer they so desperately needed. Pete & Mona helping to handle the business pressures too. Yeah. Sweet deal. Pete Best & The Best Family should get some credit for for the significant contributions they made to The Beatles succeeding like they did.
John and Paul were going to make it work regardless of who was sitting behind the skins.
So you are saying that Lennon & McCartney needed someone - anyone, to get behind the skins in order for them to make it. Since no one in the entire town wanted to get behind the skins for them, they needed Pete Best to make it.
If Pete was good, it certainly wasn't good enough.
Yeah, that's obvious. When Pete joined them they were a bum band nobody wanted. By the time he left they were the most popular band in 2 different cities, in 2 different countries, with record deals in 2 different countries. The papers were calling them phenomenon unlike anything we will see again in our lifetime and he was the most popular one in the group.
Yeah, he certainly wasn't good enough. I would have expected a lot more than that.