Pete Best should have been famous beyond his wildest
dreams. He had Ringo's job just months before the Beatles' "Love
Me Do" became a smash hit. But he got tossed out of the band and
ended up working for decades as a civil servant. So does Pete Best regret
how his life turned out? Not really. In this hour of To the Best of
Our Knowledge we'll talk about regret and how life has a way of taking
some crazy turns.
family once owned a plantation and slaves in Maryland. Sudler returns
to his ancestral home to apologize to the black members of his family
for the injustice of slavery. Steve Paulson talks with Sudler and we
hear location sound and remarks from various of Sudler's relatives,
black and white.
Steve Paulson talks with Pete Best who was the
Beatles drummer before Ringo Starr. Pete Best worked as a civil servant
in Liverpool and says he has no regrets. He has a family and a band
and claims to have had a good life. Also, classical pianist Leon
Fleisher was sidelined for many years by a medical condition that
crippled his right hand. He tells Jim Fleming how he continued to make
music, and how he made a breakthrough with botox. And we hear excerpts
from his new recording which is called "Two Hands."
is the author of "Hana's Suitcase." Hana was a little girl
killed in the Holocaust. How her suitcase came into the possession of
a Japanese school teacher some 60 years later is the substance of the
book "Hanna's Suitcase." This piece explains the impact it's
still having on people's lives today.
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- Roag Best (with Pete Best
& Rory Best), The Beatles: the true beginnings (Thomas
Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press).
- Karen Levine, Hana's
Suitcase: a true story (Albert Whitman & Co).
- Ernest Bloch's "Jewish Life"
and "Suite 1 for Solo Cello" from the CD
Suites Pur Violoncelle on Harmonia Mundi Records.
- Sweet Honey in the Rock's "Echos"
from Breaths on Flying Fish Records.
- Beatles. "Hello Little Girl,"
"Three Cool Cats," and "Love Me Do" from the Beatles
Anthology Vol. 1. Capital Records.
- The Pete Best Band. "Diana"
and "Sleepwalk" from Music Club Records.
- Leon Fleisher playing with the
Cleveland Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's
"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43" on Franck: Symphonic
Variations. CBS Records.
- Leon Fleisher playing Scarlatti's
"Sonata in E Major" on "Two Hands" on Vanguard Classics.
- Leon Fleisher playing Schubert's "Sonata
in B Flat Major" on "Two Hands" on Vanguard Classics.
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