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August 30, 2008

Ringo gets no respect

ringo starrRingo doesn't get enough credit.

He's the funniest looking Beatle (kind of schmoopy-faced, wouldn't you say?), and when it comes to writing songs or singing, he's no Paul McCartney/John Lennon.

Or even George Harrison, for that matter.

But the truth is, Ringo ain't bad. He's a versatile drummer with a great sense of rhythm.

And I want to give him some cred here. The man deserves it.

Want proof? ...

(Photo by Chicago Tribune) 

Listen to his beats in this instrumental version of "Hello Goodbye."

Get it! Get it!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:38 AM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Random stuff


I agree, Sam, Ringo is a great drummer. I always thought his post-Revolver drumming was very musical and inventive. He wasn't flashy, but he always added something interesting and memorable to the song aside from just keeping the beat.

YouTube Links

except of Strawberry Fields Forever (Anthology):

Ringo Starr speaks about his drumming style!:

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Larry King interview:

Ringo Starr - Wrack My Brain (additional Percussion Ray Cooper):

Ringo was a quite underrated drummer in my opinion. His time was impeccable, and he knew how to play a shuffle.

i agree - i wrote something similar for Ringo's birthday

you may want to check it out - thanks !

He puts on a great show, too. I saw him with the All-Starr Band a couple of times and it is always a great show.
Unfortunately, he didn't come anyplace close to Baltimore this year :-(

Ringo as a singer, maybe not great but enjoyable

One of the songs sang lead on with the Beatles was the Buck Owens hit "Act Naturally".
Link to the 1989 remake by Buck Owens with Ringo:
It's a little hokey.


Dear Marge,

Thanks for the fab painting of Yours Truly. I hung it on me wall. You're quite an artist. In answer to your question, yes, we do have hamburgers and fries in England. But we call French fries `chips'.

Love, Ringo.

PS: Forgive the lateness of my reply.


Next time your England Ring recommends stopping at a Wimpy Bar for Hamburger and Chips, instead of McDonald's.

These aren't proving to be popular moves:
Ringo Starr - No more Fan Mail:

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr 'Tells Fan To F*ck Off':*ck-Off

Artist on Artist: Ringo Starr interviewed by Ben Harper:

If you are ever in Liverpool, please visit our Post office and say Hello. It is called Penny Lane Post Office and is 300 yards from Penny Lane.

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