Did you know that a member of the Beatles was born in Madras (now known as Chennai) in India? I didn’t until recently. So was it John, Paul, George or Ringo? Given his very spiritual nature I guessed George, but I was wrong. If you guessed John, Paul or Ringo you would also have been wrong. But wait a minute that’s all four moptops covered, how can this be? Holy ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ Batman can this be a trick question?
Well Robin some may say that is true but by the contents of my utility belt (ooooooh Matron!) I say that it is no riddle or joke inspired trick from two of our enemies the Riddler or the Joker. I have checked the records in the Bat Cave and indeed in our Liverpool HQ the Bat Cavern Club. The answer is in fact Pete Best who was the drummer with the group until he was replaced by Ringo on the eve of the band’s world domination August 16th 1962 to be precise. “Love me Do” reached number 17 in the UK charts that year.
Pete was born in November 1941 and arrived in Liverpool with his mother Mona on December 25th 1945 on a ship named the Georgic. Even the ship’s name had a tenuous Beatles link. Pete was not the only UK music star to be born in India. Cliff Richard was also born there in Lucknow on October 14th 1940 just over a year before Mr Best.