Ringo Starr is probably responsible for more people taking up the drums than any other drummer in history. Yet for some reason, it’s been fashionable to dis his talent, abilities, and style. That’s all rubbish.
The universe needed a special kind of drummer to keep time in The Beatles. Lennon-McCartney-Harrison needed more than someone who could just thump in 4/4 time. Ringo was perfect. Go back through the entire Beatles catalogue and count the times he just laid down a simple backbeat. There aren’t many. Meanwhile, there are works of drummer genius like “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “Rain,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Come Together.” The inventiveness Ringo demonstrates is breathtaking.
Don’t believe me? Check out this video forwarded by Tom.