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Worst Career Move?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chrisk-K, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Chrisk-K


    Jan 20, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    Pete Best's quitting (or being fired from) the Beatles is possibly the worst career-related move in music history. Who else made absolutely terrible career moves?
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I've made a few...
  3. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Being fired doesn't really qualify as a 'career move.' ;)
  4. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Pete Best was fired. When The Beatles auditioned for George Martin, he said he would only produce them if they replaced Pete. It wasn't even their choice.
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  6. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    I got two....
    • The guy that sent that Tupelo Mississippi boy (Elvis) packing from his audition office.
    • Rickenbacker for turning down the Beatles request to tour their facilities when they were on their second US tour.
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  7. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
  8. Wow...seriously? Mind. Blown.
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  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA

    I think we can call this one settled. I'm out. Turn out the lights when you leave, guys.
  10. Aberdumbie

    Aberdumbie Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2016
    South Carolina
    Yeah..... I went through a period where I read every Beatles bio I could get my hands on some years ago. I'll have to dust off those old books and see which one that little tidbit came from. That was before the factories realized musicians could be a great marketing tool for them...... And keep in mind too... At the time most corporate types thought the Beatles were wildly inappropriate. I mean... Their hair was shaggy and all!... Seriously, Rickenbacker was a bit embarrassed by their association in the early 60's.
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  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    J Geils firing Peter Wolf right as they were finally hitting the big time always comes to mind. Stewart Copland and Andy Summers insisting writing a song apiece Synchronicity also makes me chuckle.
  12. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Tracii Guns (the clue’s in the name) formed Guns N’ Roses with Axl Rose (the clue’s in the name) back in 1985, but couldn’t be bothered getting off his arse half the time. “I just stopped going to rehearsals. Axl would call me screaming and yelling,” he said. He was gone about a year before ‘Appetite For Destruction’.
    Ikkir, Mr_Moo, GregC and 2 others like this.
  13. getrhythm


    Nov 2, 2015
    New Jersey
    Del Shannon committing suicide a day or two before The Traveling Wilburys called to ask him to join their new band.
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  14. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
  15. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Amusing... especially seeing that a few years later, Axl would pride himself on going onstage hours late, infuriating fans and giving him a lifelong reputation as one of the biggest tools the music business has ever seen.
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  16. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Ooooph... no kidding? Never heard that.
  17. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    How about Terry Reid, who turned down the job as lead singer with Led Zeppelin AND Deep Purple

  18. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    John Rutsey, Rush's original drummer especially since diabetes can be reversed and prevented with nutrition and discipline. They may not have gone as far without Peart but....
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  19. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Mick Taylor quitting the Stones?
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  20. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Peter Frampton agreeing (admittedly based on false representation by Stigwood that at least some of The Beatles were committed to the movie) to be in the movie "Sgt. Pepper".

    Tommy Bolin joining the James Gang when Joe Walsh left, then joining Deep Purple when Blackmore left. He was a wonderful guitarist, but those two choices pUT him in a place where most fans didn't care for him. Didn't help that lots of folks didn't know the two bands had made the changes. I saw him twice, once with each band, and both times the "where's Joe (Richie)?" noise from the audience was pretty loud.
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