Is Ringo the best drummer or The Best Drummer?

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  1. el_bastardo

    el_bastardo Member

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    Well I meant of the Beatles. Ringo is the only one I'd be interested in hanging with if there was a choice.

    But hanging with any drummer of all time? Keith Moon, without a second thought.
     
  2. mmn

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    I don't think he was or is the best drummer, but he was unique and a crucial part of the Beatles' style and brand.
     
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  3. Jack Gilvey

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    Not sure about best drummer. Certainly played the best parts.
     
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    I read somewhere, Andy White played drums on Love Me Do and the B side. Was it Martin who didn't like Ringo initially?

    As another poster said; He turned out to be the best drummer for that group.
     
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    If I could jam/play with any drummer, Ringo would be a the top of my list (and the remainder of my top ten too).

    YMMV
     
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    Most fascinating, yes. Best only if you actually survive. And that was the other immediate name, so I think we’re on parallel wavelengths, at least. Of the four British rhythm sections, The Who are like an exploding star that never quite tips.
     
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    I go by what our band's drummer likes ( we are Classic 60's R&R guys, and he just has a great feel/perfect groove for whatever old fart songs we play) and he absolutely LOVES Ringo and Charlie Watts!
     
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    I like Ringo's drumming, but the rest of the fab four do nothing for me. The Who stomps all over them.
     
  9. xjojox

    xjojox Tardis-dwelling wanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Wasn't there another famous quote, something to the effect that Pete might have been a better drummer but Ringo was a better Beatle? Was that real? Was it George Martin?
    Whatever. He fit, he was a nice guy and a team player, and the rest is history.
     
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  10. frickengruvin

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    Negative-it wasn't that George Martin didn't like Ringo, it was that Martin was on a schedule to get Love Me Do released, and Andy White was a trusted session player, and since Martin hadn't heard Ringo play, Martin wasn't going to risk studio time on an unknown...
     
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    Thank you for setting the record straight.

    I was trying to be funny and just repeated the quote because I had chuckled at it when I read it here on TGP, somewhere/somewhen.

    So, it turns, I am that guy on the Internet. The shame.
     
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    frickengruvin Silver Supporting Member

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    It was Lennon that indicated this, but specifically, that Ringo was a better Beatle, not less of a drummer. Lennon also indicated that Ringo was a professional, well known drummer, the best in Liverpool, far before The Beatles gained notoriety....
     
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    Always wanted to be a drummer but didn’t do it. Probably a good thing!
     
  14. MikeFM

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    I could be wrong, but i don't think he meant it as an insult. It's more just that the other three (and some may argue Ringo too) were particularly unschooled. Which is not to say that they couldn't write great tracks, or play their instruments.
     
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    I love Ringo. Even on songs like Ticket to Ride, such a great beat.

    The only thing that bugs me is how uneven his tempo on "You won't see me". Every time I listen to it, I forget that he slows down at one point to a noticeable degree, and it sucks me out of the music. But otherwise, he's my favorite drummer, after Steve Gorman (as someone mentioned earlier).
     
  16. wombat66

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    even the best drummers thought he was the best drummer

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    Carrot Top?!?! :spit

    You were close though. It was Jasper Carrott.
     
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    Carrot Top: Not only the world's unfunniest comedian, but apparently a progenitor of Fake News. :mad:
     
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  19. doctorx

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    Not gonna get mixed up in the “best drummer” nonsense, but Ringo Star was a damn good ****ing drummer. If you don’t think so, you haven’t really listened to the Beatles. I would love to be in a band with a guy like that.
     
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    Hard to imagine Beatles tunes without Ringo's drum parts, they are absolutely perfect for the songs, a big part of the sum that makes up the whole of the Beatles in my opinion.
     

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