Happy 73rd Ringo Starr!!
George Harrison had been actively campaigning to get Ringo on board, paying visits to Ringo's house & trying to act as a go between to get Ringo in. George & Ringo had a natural friendship & the proof of George's loyalty to Ringo is this image taken of George in 1962 after a Pete Best fan hit him after a live performance. George had this to say about it,"Some of the fans – a couple of them – were shouting ‘Pete is best!’ and ‘Ringo never, Pete Best forever!’, but it was a small group and we ignored it. However, after about half an hour our it was getting a bit tiring so I shouted to the audience. When we stepped out of the band room into the dark tunnel, some guy nodded me one, giving me a black eye. The things we have to do for Ringo!”
– George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology"
Nevertheless Ringo Starr was here to stay, even despite producer George Martin's reluctance to use Ringo on the Beatles initial "Love Me Do" track, using instead a session drummer, Andy White & relegating Ringo to tambourine. Eventually as we all know Ringo more than proved his worth to George Martin and became in my opinion a phenomenal drummer with incredible showmanship as we still see evidenced in his shows with the All Star Band. Happy Birthday to Ringo, keep the rocking going!!
Below are quotes about Ringo Starr.
I don’t know what he would have ended up as, but whatever that spark is in Ringo that we all know but can’t put our finger on — whether it is acting, drumming or singing I don’t know — there is something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced with or without the Beatles.
Ringo is a damn good drummer. He is not technically good, but I think Ringo’s drumming is underrated the same way Paul’s bass playing is underrated. Paul was one of the most innovative bass players ever. And half the stuff that is going on now is directly ripped off from his Beatles period.
He is an egomaniac about everything else about himself, but his bass playing he was always a bit coy about. I think Paul and Ringo stand up with any of the rock musicians. Not technically great — none of us are technical musicians. None of us could read music. None of us can write it. But as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, they are as good as anybody."
John Lennon—Playboy Interview
“We loved him. And we just thought he was the very best drummer we’d ever seen. And we wanted him in the group. We were big fans of his." Paul McCartney — “Larry King Live"
“Starr is vastly underrated. The drum fills on the song “A Day in the Life" are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say, ‘I want it like that.’ He wouldn’t know what to do.” --Phil Collins
“Ringo’s drums are one of the greatest things you can have on a record.” -- Don Was
Thank you James D Jones for sharing this image of "Super Starr!!!" check out his shows on The Magical Mystery Tour he does amazing shows!!
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