Music History

A quick study of the effect Ringo had on The Beatles

For decades, people have dumped on Ringo Starr’s drumming abilities. They’re all wrong. Ringo is not only a very good drummer and a creative drummer but also someone who possesses a tremendous amount of groove.

If you don’t believe me, here’s Stewart Copeland of The Police to explain things.

Hear for yourself starting with the version featuring Pete Best.

Now here’s the Ringo version.

Finally, studio player Andy West with Ringo on tambourine. Any questions?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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