EXPIRED: 09/14/09 – Bobby Graham, 69, was approached by the Beatles to replace fired drummer Pete Best, but was then with a more successful band and turned them down. Legend says he told Beatle manager Brian Epstein: “Why would want to join a band in Liverpool that nobody’s ever heard of?”
The band ended up recruiting Ringo Starr before finding global fame, while Graham became one of the most prolific and respected session drummers in Britain.
Graham was heard on number one singles including Petula Clark’s “Downtown”, Englebert Humperdinck’s “Release Me”, Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You”, Tom Jones’ “Green, Green Grass of Home” and the Walker Brothers’ “Make It Easy On Yourself”. He eventually appeared on a total of 40 UK top five hits and is best known best for propelling the Kinks thru “You Really Got Me.”
The UK’s King of Drums died after a long battle with stomach cancer.