Many of us are familiar with Pete Best being the unfortunate soul who left The Beatles only months before they hit the big time with their track 'Love Me Do', but let's take a look at some other musos who were similarly afflicted with an acute case of bad timing.
Drummer Tony Chapman played with the Rolling Stones right up to the time they were starting to make some traction in the music industry. He even got Bill Wyman to join the band, but he was not appreciative of their wild take on the blues and was replaced by the rock 'n rolling Charlie Watts.
LaTavia Robertson and Letoya Luckett, half of the original Destiny's Child line-up, claimed that their manager, Mathew Knowles, was looking out for his daughter Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland a little more than anyone else. Through a litigation process these two ladies were eventually pushed out of the group and replaced by Michelle Williams.
Jason Everman turned down TWO of the quintessential 90's grunge bands, Nirvana and Sound Garden, to join the US Army's special forces, serving with distinction. He has no regrets though saying, "I was psyched to do the most uncool thing you could possibly do."
Despite being the drummer and founding member of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jack Irons did not put his heart into the band as he thought his other band, What Is This?, would make it. Bad call! It wasn't all down hill for him though, later on he became a member of Pearl Jam.
Siobhan Donaghy missed out on the Sugababes number one singles like 'Freak Like Me' and 'Push The Button' when she decided to escape the girl group by climbing through a toilet window!
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