Bobby Graham

:"For the ex-footballer, see Bobby Graham (footballer)"

Bobby Graham (born Robert Francis Neate on March 11 1940 at North Middlesex Hospital, Silver Street, Edmonton, North London, England) is a session drummer.

Graham insist that he was chosen by Brian Epstein when it was decided to remove Pete Best from The Beatles.Fact|date=August 2008 Bobby claims that he turned Epstein down as he was then the drummer for a much more successful band, Joe Brown and The Bruvvers, and so Epstein instead chose Ringo Starr.Fact|date=August 2008

In spite of this claim, there is no other source (other than that of Grahams) that is supported. Every major Beatles reference states the decision to have been partly based on George Martin's insistence not use Best, and partly upon the other three Beatles being unsatisfied with the drumming ability of Pete Best. The Beatles had worked with Ringo Starr, and it would seem that he (Starr) was their primary, if not only, choice for replacement.

Graham has also toured the UK as drummer in his own jazz band.


Bobby Graham has played on over 15,000 titles, including:

* "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks
* "Downtown" by Petula Clark
* "Green Green Grass of Home " by Tom Jones
* "I Only Want to Be with You" by Dusty Springfield
* "I Believe" by The Bachelors


*Patrick Harrington: "The Session Man" (Broom House Publishing Ltd., 12 Nov 2004) - ISBN 0-9549142-0-1

External links

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