This Month in Music History – July 7, 1940: Beatles’ Legend Ringo Starr Born in Dingle, Liverpool

Stop and think about this before filling up the comment section with  hate mail (btw. Harvey, our social media handler hates to read, like our president). Which of the four Beatles was the indispensable of the group?  While it is true that one could make a  compelling case for any of the three, I, being of sound mind and body, put forth our July birthday boy, July 7, 1940 his birth date Mr Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr.

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Ringo was the last to join, replacing Pete Best on kit, largely due to producer George Martin’s dissatisfaction with Best. It wouldn’t take Ringo very long to fit into the make up and flow of the group. The oldest of the group, Starr was well-known on the Merseybeat scene and already friends with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Starr was well versed in the music as well, having subbed for Best  during their gigs at the Cavern Club and in Germany.

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With the other three lads, Ringo would do his part in forging the legacy of the band that many feel  changed music forever. Ringo’s eschew drumming style would be both unique and provide the solid ground for John Lennon and  Paul McCartney write their many hit songs. His beats surrounded the frail genius of the songs and allowed it to flourish.

Drummer Steve Smith had this to say about Ringo’s style:

“Before Ringo, drum stars were measured by their soloing ability and virtuosity. Ringo’s popularity brought forth a new paradigm in how the public saw drummers. We started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect. One of Ringo’s great qualities was that he composed unique, stylistic drum parts for the Beatles’ songs. His parts are so signature to the songs that you can listen to a Ringo drum part without the rest of the music and still identify the song.

They remarkable thing about Ringo’s genius drumming was he made it look simple and it wasn’t, not by a long shot.

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Says Genesis drummer Phil Collins from the same article.

Starr influenced Genesis drummer Phil Collins, who said: “I think he’s vastly underrated, Ringo. The drum fills on ‘A Day in the Life’ are very, very complex things. You could take a great drummer from today and say, ‘I want it like that’, and they really wouldn’t know what to do.” Collins also acknowledged that the drumming style featured on the 1983 Genesis song “That’s All” was an affectionate attempt at a “Ringo Starr drum part”.

Now, let’s hear those objections if there be any.

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