George Harrison and Pattie Boyd on A Hard Day's Night setGeorge Harrison and Pattie Boyd met during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. Pattie appeared (uncredited) in the film as a schoolgirl. She spoke a one-word line in the film: “Prisoners?”.

Pattie initially resisted George’s interest in her (because she had a boyfriend at the time), but his persistence paid off and they married less than two years after meeting. Their marriage took place on January 21, 1966, with Paul McCartney as best man. Ringo Starr and John Lennon were on holiday and therefore not in attendance.

Harrison and Boyd split up in 1974. She moved in with George’s close friend Eric Clapton, whom was deeply infatuated with Pattie. Clapton and Boyd eventually married in 1979 (and divorced in 1989).

Pattie has claimed that she was the inspiration for Harrison’s songs “I Need You”, “Something”, “For You Blue” and “Isn’t It a Pity.” She has said that George was the love of her life, and that she regretted not working things out with him in their marriage.

Pete Best in the Cavern drumming for The BeatlesPete Best was the original drummer of The Beatles. He became a member of the band on August 12, 1960, just one day before they were to leave for Hamburg, Germany to play a series of shows there.

Two years later, on August 16, 1962, he was dismissed from the group but was never given a satisfactory explanation why. The only reason manager Brian Epstein gave was, “The lads don’t want you in the group anymore”. Although there were probably a few reasons why the lads were wanting to replace him, Pete’s fate was sealed when producer George Martin indicated that he wanted to use a session drummer instead of Best for their studio recordings. The other three Beatles asked Epstein to fire him and replace him with Ringo Starr, who had occasionally sat in with the band when Pete was unavailable.

— Here’s a few quotes from the Beatles about Best’s firing:

“We were always going to dump him when we found a decent drummer.” – John Lennon

“We were cowards when we sacked him.” – John Lennon

“I was quite responsible for stirring things up. I conspired to get Ringo in for good; I talked to Paul and John until they came round to the idea.” – George Harrison

“We weren’t very good at telling Pete (Best) he had to go.” – George Harrison

“I never felt sorry for Pete Best. I was not involved.” – Ringo Starr

“I felt I was a much better drummer than he was.” – Ringo Starr

“It was a strictly professional decision. If he wasn’t up to the mark… then there was no other choice.” – Paul McCartney

“I do feel sorry for him, because of what he could have been on to.”- Paul McCartney

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The Beatles posing around Ringo's drum kitFrom the way Paul McCartney holds his bass guitar, it’s pretty obvious that he’s left handed. Less obvious as a left hander is Ringo Starr. Although Ringo is left handed, he plays the drums as a right hander and his drum kit is set up as such. As a side note, this is the opposite of Micky Dolenz of The Monkees who is right handed but plays with the kit set up for a left hander.

Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney in 1981 at Starr's & Bach's weddingLinda Louise Eastman and Barbara Bach were in attendance at the famous Beatles’ August 15th, 1965 concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Though they didn’t know it at the time, Linda would later marry Paul McCartney (March 12, 1969), and Barbara would go on to marry Ringo Starr (April 27, 1981).

Back in August 1965, the soon to be 18 year old Barbara Bach was not really a Beatles fan. She was only in attendance at the Shea Stadium concert as a chaperone to her younger sister Marjorie. Barbara preferred the music of Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles.

In contrast, Linda Eastman was there as a fan. Paul McCartney said, “Linda was also there — but as she was a real music fan she was quite (annoyed) with everyone screaming. I think she enjoyed the experience, but she genuinely wanted to hear the show. That wasn’t the deal though. Not then.”

See also: Where did Ringo Starr first meet his wife Barbara Bach?