Thursday, April 07, 2011

More Stuff People Make Up

Here's some more baloney floating around out there: Ringo Starr Is A Lousy Drummer. This supposed 'fact' has been spouted by know-it-alls and know-nothings since the Beatles first hit the big time. The truth is, Ringo was a much sought after drummer in the Liverpool scene before the Beatles got hold of him. He's got a solid, steady beat, hits the drums hard and was a perfect fit for the group. His 'tumbling down the stairs' fills are unique and much imitated. If you doubt his skill, check out his work on 'A Day in the Life'. And note the wimpy drumming on 'Back in the USSR', where Paul plays the drums. The song would be much better with Ringo on the skins. I would even go so far as to say that rating the Beatles as musicians, Ringo is second to Paul. That is, Ringo is a better drummer than George or John were as guitarists.


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