Ringo. How come he hardly gets a mention? Or at least only to complete the listing of the famous quartet: John, Paul, George and …oh..Ringo. Journalists today often start Fab Four articles with: and last remaining Beatle, Paul McCartney. Well, it isn’t fair. And he isn’t dead. No Ringo? No Beatles! Clearly the dream would not have materialised. They were desperate for a drummer; Ringo was the professional they needed. He’d been in a band for sometime before he made the transfer and enabled them to be taken more seriously: he completed the High Performance Team which changed the world. Ringo is the pragmatist. But maybe some think any old drummer would have done? Not true. Ringo – just as with the other three – was destined to be a Beatle. He was like them a lover of language. He was the contributor of wonderful phrases such as A Hard Day’s Night and Tomorrow Never Knows. He was like them all, crazily imaginative. Not even John could quite handle Octopuses’ Garden. And he was an avid experimenter. Not just a drummer, but a drummer who developed different techniques which have inspired many who have followed. Check out Rain for some of Ringo’s cool work. And he was a contributor to the brand of the band. Notice that you can always see Ringo? Absolutely. He created a raised position for the drummer in order to be visible.
Yep, Ringo was the man who knew it was really cool to be a Beatle. Who took it as it came. Sure he realised – as with George- his talent was possibly being initially squashed by Lennon and McCartney . And on at least one occasion that caused him to get very mad, but on most days he realised it was a great ride to be around those two and that they were better together than apart. They needed each other. They were a great little band. John, Paul, George.
Oh, and Ringo.
That's another reason we love The Beatles.
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