Pete Best, the original drummer for The Beatles, will be immortalized by a new street sign in Liverpool.
Over 10,000 Facebook users campaigned the Liverpool City Council to “Name A Street After Pete.” And earlier this week, their efforts were recognized with the announcement of Pete Best Drive.
“I feel very humbled, very flattered and very honoured that the city of Liverpool, council members and the people of Liverpool have thought to honour me in such a fantastic way,” Best told the BBC.
Pete Best Drive will be located in a housing development near where the ex-Beatle is from. It is also less than half a mile away from The Casbah Club, which was started by Best’s mother, Mona, in 1959. The legendary club, where The Beatles played many shows, will also be immortalized with the street Casbah Close.
“The Cashbah Coffee Club was the catalyst for the Merseybeat sound,” said Best. “It was the original birthplace of The Beatles on Aug. 29, 1959, and it is great that I’ve been associated with that as well. I just wish that [my mother] was still here to receive the honour herself because she was the mother of Merseybeat and her memory, The Casbah Close, will live on alongside my name.”
Roag Best, Pete’s brother and manager, commented, “The formative years of The Beatles were very much Pete’s years, and without these years, The Beatles would not have gone on to be the world icons they became.”