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.