This Day in Music, August 14: Best Sacked, Stills Arrested, Jacko Outbids Yoko

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Unhappy with drummer Pete Best's role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him on this date in 1962. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who was nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes at a Butlin's holiday camp, received a telephone call from John Lennon, asking him to join The Beatles. Ringo gave Rory Storm three days notice and on August 18, appeared as a member of The Beatles for the first time.

In 1966, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Steve Van Zandt’s band The Shadows, and The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) all appeared at the Surf 'n' See Club in Seabright, New Jersey.

Stephen Stills was arrested in 1970 on suspected drugs charges while staying at a San Diego hotel after being found crawling along a corridor in an incoherent state. Stills was later freed on bail.

In 1985, Michael Jackson won a bid over Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalog. At $47.5m he gained the rights to more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. McCartney had been negotiating with Yoko Ono, who had decided to withdraw her side of the deal for "astrological" reasons.

In 1988, guitarist Roy Buchanan died after hanging himself by his own shirt in the Fairfax County jail in Virginia after being arrested for drunkenness. Buchanan released over 15 solo albums; Jeff Beck dedicated the song "'Cause We've Ended As Lovers" to Buchanan in 1975 on his Blow by Blow album.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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