Original Beatles drummer Pete Best wishes Ringo Starr a happy 80th birthday

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Original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best performs with The Pete Best Band at the Fest for Beatles Fans 2007 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino July 1, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Original drummer for The Beatles, Pete Best performs with The Pete Best Band at the Fest for Beatles Fans 2007 at The Mirage Hotel & Casino July 1, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Original Beatles drummer Pete Best let bygones be bygones as he wished Sir Ringo Starr a happy 80th birthday on Tuesday.

Starr, real name Richard Starkey, replaced the musician in 1962 when the group was managed by Brian Epstein in a decision which caused controversy.

Best, 78, tweeted: "Thought about it and thought why not. Happy Birthday Ringo. It’s a special one. Have a good day.”

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He had originally been invited to go along with the group in 1960 to a series of club dates in Hamburg, Germany.

Epstein fired him from The Beatles in 1962 at the behest of members John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison before quickly being replaced by Starr.

An early portrait of the British rock group The Beatles. Left to right: Paul McCartney, Pete Best, George Harrison (1943 - 2001) and John Lennon (1940 - 1980).    (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
An early portrait of the British rock group The Beatles. Left to right: Paul McCartney, Pete Best, George Harrison (1943 - 2001) and John Lennon (1940 - 1980). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

After spending time in other groups, Best went to work as a civil servant for 20 years. He returned to the music industry in 1988 with the Pete Best Band.

The release of Beatles compilation album Anthology 1 in 1995 saw Best receive a substantial sum in royalties due to the use of tracks with him featured on drums.

Upon reaching the milestone birthday, Starr also received well wishes from a number of famous faces including his fellow remaining Beatle, Paul McCartney.

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Posting a photo of Starr to Instagram, McCartney wrote: "Happy birthday SIR RICHARD alias RINGO. Have a great day my long time buddy! - Paul."

Meanwhile, Lennon's widow Yoko Ono shared to Twitter: "Happy, Happy Birthday Ringo! Lots of peace and love, yoko."

Elton John also wished the drummer a happy birthday from himself and husband David Furnish.

Posting a throwback photo of the pair of them to Instagram, he commented: "Happy 80th Birthday Ringo!! One of the world’s kindest people. And an inspiration to us both."

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