There truly has never been a band like The Beatles in Liverpool. Try out as you may to search for someone else, there just has not been a band which has revolutionised music in the same manner as the Fab Four. Oasis, the Verve, ELO, the Bee Gees, Nirvana, Coldplay, the Jam, Happy Mondays, Arctic Monkeys and also the Stone Roses almost all owe the career of theirs to that band. Therefore, it appears to be appropriate to write a note to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the morning Ringo Starr joined the band.
Even though John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was performing together in various capacities after 1957, it is often acknowledged the very first physical Beatles line up was established in 1960. Comprising some of those 3 participants along with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass as well as Pete Best on drums. Sutcliffe left the band just before the passing of his in 1961. From then on the band performed as a 4 piece, while McCartney got on the role of bassist. Becoming very popular in Liverpool (their hometown), greatness was only a grasp away.
While this occurred, another Liverpool musician was carrying out while the drummer for Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. This male was Richard Starkey (better known by his stage name, Ringo Starr). While performing in Hamburg, he became acquainted with The Beatles. Striking a friendship with the participants (particularly with George Harrison), he sat in for Suitable for a couple of gigs in seo Liverpool. Beginning a very good musical connection with the band, Starr was the number of theirs one solution when it was determined that Pete Best was not anymore wanted.
Formally signing up for them on 17th August 1962, he made the live debut of his with the band the following day. Confronted by an angry mob of fans, it seems that he was not going to make a fantastic impression! But somehow Ringo stayed in the band in addition to being, gradually, the fans grew to become fonder of him. The truth is, in the time The Beatles made their live debut in the States in 1964, Ringo was the preferred member amongst American fans. The most perfect final piece on the band, Ringo had an inordinate amount to do with their reputation.
Often unfairly labelled as the “lucky” member of the band, Starr contributed a lot on the band. In a nutshell, there was three things; particularly, that he brought to the band:
1. His stage charm
2. His friendly nature
3. His impeccable drumming
1. From his first entrance into the band in Liverpool
Ringo oozed all over with an entertaining presence. The very fact that he had a stage name gave a kind of glamour to the band, who is other members sounded just like they could be ordinary Joes (you are going to find Johns, Pauls and Georges in each and every school). Unlike the predecessor of his, Pete Best, Starr gladly implemented the bands “moptop” hairstyle, therefore immediately which makes him a visible member of the band.
After that there was his sense of humour. To be able to participate with John Lennon’s sonic mannerisms, Paul McCartney’s within the top calculations, George Harrison’s schoolboy cheekiness, Starr followed a job of an intelligent bumpkin. When asked when he photos of his son were going to be released, he alleged that it will be as soon as someone robbed them!
Another one of his brilliant retorts was the comment of his that he appreciated Beethoven, especially the poems of his! Renowned for swinging the head of his throughout mimed performances, Ringo was obviously a natural actor. No wonder then, that he was given the largest part in both “A Hard Days Night” and “Help!”
2. Ringo was renowned for pretty much the most amicable member of the band
Even though the various other three argued over musical arrangements, Starr stayed impartial to these considerations. He was the one member to send the congratulations of his to Paul McCartney adopting the birth of his son in 1969, made fewer derogatory comments to Yoko Ono than the others, very much to John Lennon’s gratitude and maintained a very strong relationship with George Harrison in place until Harrison’s death. He enjoyed a humorous friendship with John Lennon.
Lennon frequently made note of some of Starr’s paraphrases (or “Ringoisms”), which included “Tomorrow Never knows” plus “A Hard Days Night”, making use of them as song titles. Starr was invited to contribute lyrics to McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby”, obviously a compliment considering the tight monopoly surrounding the Lennon McCartney partnership. Every band needs someone as Ringo to help you smooth the atmosphere!
3. Before you are making that joke of Starr not being the best drummer of The Beatles
I recommend you have a second listen to their back catalogue. Basically, Starr was obviously a damn good drummer! Fair enough, he couldn’t perform a hi hat, but neither could Keith Moon! What Starr didn’t have enough in specialized expertise, he sure as hell made up for in his flexible experience for grooves. Listen to “Drive My Car”. Replacing thundering drum solos in favour of a very ornamental style of playing, he truly shines when the bands resident time keeper. Starr was rather an imaginative drummer while in the band.
For the bands hypnotically heavy tracks such as “Ticket to Ride” as well as “Helter Skelter”, Starr had a thumping beat that depended on heavy hitting. On any other occasions he emphasised cymbal work, that worked in favour for their 1950’s send ups for example “Can’t Buy Me Love” as well as “Oh Darling”. Next on “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “She Said She Said”, he changed from quick to moderate to very slow and vice versa in keeping with the psychedelic dynamics of the songs. Then there are his lazy beats on “I’m Only Sleeping” which served as the perfect contrasts to the times where he beat the crap out of his drum kit on “She Loves You”.
Phil Collins’s drum performance on “Follow You Follow Me” and Dave Grohl’s hard hitting sounds on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” are reminiscent of Ringo’s style. Starr’s drumming was a vital component to the brilliance of the band.