Happy 73rd Ringo Starr!!

Wishing a Happy 73rd birthday to in my opinion, the greatest drummer in pop history, Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr! Ringo was initially a member of the group Rory Storm & The Hurricanes when both John & Paul approached him about joining the Beatles. From what I have read, Ringo was at a gig & had just taken a morning out when he was approached by John & Paul. John & Paul asked Ringo, who agreed, pending that he stay until he was replaced. Rory, from what I have read, was cool about it & didn't stand in the way at all in Ringo's exit & joining the Beatles. Ringo's first official performance as a Beatle was August 18,1962 but he had previously sat in with the Beatles, when Pete Best had to take off. So for this reason, plus the fact that he got on well with everyone & considered a "mate", Ringo was the natural choice.

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.

"Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. He was a professional drummer who sang and performed and had Ringo Star-time and he was in one of the top groups in Britain but especially in Liverpool before we even had a drummer. So Ringo’s talent would have come out one way or the other as something or other.

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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Book Review -- "Shoulda Been There" by Jude Kessler
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Danice said...

Yah! I love Ringo too!

Brenda Porter said...

Me too Danice & GREAT job on your post also about his birthday I got it via email & thoroughly loved it!!


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