The Story of Ringo’s Ludwig Drum Head on The Ed Sullivan Show

The first set of drums I ever had were just like the ones Ringo played on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. At first, I thought my black/grey oyster finish Ludwigs were collector’s items–but then it twigged on me that they were actually pretty common.  After that TV appearance, everyone wanted a kit like Ringo’s–and Ludwig cranked them out by the thousands.

The drum head logo was a different matter.  Read the story about how that came about at Drummer Talk.

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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