Beatles: Ringo Starr’s dynamic music

Beatles lowest-profile member Ringo Starr turns 80 on July 7th but his music and humanitarian aspirations continue as strongly as ever. Ringo Starr is known as musically inferior to bandmates, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison.

“Stop talking s**t about the Beatles,” one high-profile Twitter user wrote last year. “Paul was MELODIC. John was INNOVATIVE. George Harrison was SPIRITUAL.” The user left the tweet blank after Ringo’s name in an attempt at humour.

The original poster was later dragged in the comments section by musicians and fans. The replies called out Starr’s versatility and consistency, his “cool, timeless parts” and the “joy” he brought to the band. Also Read– T.I. challenges 50 Cent to a Verzuz

Starr’s subtle drumming technique can be heard in “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. On the other hand, in “Come Together” Starr uses a more tense and urgent technique due to the rattlesnake-coiled drums and maracas.

Starr’s lively drumming style

Starr’s lively drumming style
Starr’s subtle drumming technique can be heard in “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds".

Starr’s drumming and percussion style is known to be lively and full of personality rather than flashy. This style can be seen in the bands early work such as “Boys” and “Please Please Me.”

As the lead vocalist of the Beatles, Ringo Starr’s voice was tender but droll and altogether nonchalant. Both “With a Little Help From My Friends” and plaintive “Don’t Pass Me By” have a more conversational tone. 

Ringo wrote better after Beatles break-up

Ringo Starr’s first solo hit was 1973’s “Ringo” which had contributions from all his Beatles bandmates.

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“I wrote better after we broke up,” Starr told Dave Grohl in 2019. “I used to write songs and I’d present it to the boys, and they would be rolling on the floor laughing, because I’d just rewritten another song and hadn’t noticed it!”

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