Randolph Peter Best is an English musician known as being the drummer of the English rock band The Beatles. Immediately before the band achieved worldwide fame he was fired from the group in 1962. After playing drums as a Beatle for the previous two years in Germany and England, he started his own band, the Pete Best Four. He later joined and started many other bands over the years. He is one of several people who have been referred to as the Fifth Beatle.