Poll: Was Ringo good?
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Yeah, he was amazing.
43 63%
No way, he was lucky to get into a band like the beatles
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Me and my friend are having an argument about weather Ringo is a talented drummer or not. I say he wasnt a gifted drummer, and was really lucky to get into the beatles. When you compare him to other drummers of his time like Moon or Bonham hes not that great. What are everyones opinions on this?
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well I say that beatles were most lyrics and so altough it is very good music but the skills you can see among later bands are not shown in the same way
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What exactly is your friend arguing? That he was awesome? Vs Moon and Bonham, definitely not.

Take this quote:

Interviewer: So, do you think Ringo's the best drummer in the world?
John Lennon: We're not even sure he's the best drummer in the band!

EDIT: The poll is very polarised, too. Just because he wasn't a fantastic drummer, that doesn't mean he had to be lucky to get in. I don't know a huge amount of Beatles history, beyond the above quote, but maybe he was good friends with one of the other three? As mentioned, the Beatles didn't *need* to have wonderfully complex drum beats, as the guitars and the lyrics did the 'talking,' as such. So to say that he's not a good drummer and was lucky to get into the band isn't to be making two directly linked statements. Think about how much choice they would have had, too. Bands then weren't formed exclusively on talent.
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I have no idea how good he was as a drummer technically speaking but that being said he was the percussive voice of the Beatles, whether he showcased exemplary technical skills should really not be a point to question. The fact is that he is an integral part of the Beatles sound, a sound which is one of the most famous in the world even today. Whether he was amazing or not I think it is almost more impressive to see a musician who downplays their talents for the sake of their band. The less time they spend having the audience focus on themselves the more time they have to focus on the band, and that seems to be a large part of their success. If Ringo had stopped to bust out a drum solo in the middle of Strawberry Fields I doubt you'd find too many audience members who would look on the moment with awe. They had a distinct style and they played it perfectly, they didn't try to copy anyone else and as a result they never had a need to.
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Seen as he was pretty big in Europe before The Beatles and The Beatles practically begged him to join the band, I'd say he can't be that bad.
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Just consulted wikipedia. Derigiberble's right, though he/she exaggerates a little bit =P

Ringo was big in another band before the Beatles asked him to join, but that still doesn't mean he had to be awesome or have much of the luck to be asked to join... they met him before they asked him and they hadn't had any drummer for any long period of time before that, so maybe they got on well with him better than any others who wanted to fill the role (if indeed there were any). People often say that the person who most often 'gets the gig' is not necessarily the most technically proficient but the one the others can see themselves hanging out with in the pre-show.
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Just consulted wikipedia. Derigiberble's right, though he/she exaggerates a little bit =P

Ringo was big in another band before the Beatles asked him to join, but that still doesn't mean he had to be awesome or have much of the luck to be asked to join... they met him before they asked him and they hadn't had any drummer for any long period of time before that, so maybe they got on well with him better than any others who wanted to fill the role (if indeed there were any). People often say that the person who most often 'gets the gig' is not necessarily the most technically proficient but the one the others can see themselves hanging out with in the pre-show.


Well, I did only say "he can't be that bad" .
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I was referring to the 'practically begged,' not how good you said Ringo is
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Ringo is quite a good drummer. Comparing him to Keith Moon is stupid though because Keith Moon was the best drummer ever. I don't see anyone comparing John to Jeff Beck or Paul to John Entwhistle or George to Jimi Hendrix. Ringo was as good a drummer as The Beatles needed and he was certainly no worse than Pete Best. Not to mention he is a great singer and surprisingly good pianist.
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He was rock solid. Flashy drummers can be annoying. Look at Frank Beard from ZZTop, the man has the simplest beats ever but he knows his job is to keep the band together. Ringo is the same. Drummers that play like they are on guitar piss me off.

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he was very good but he was overshadowed by john lennon and paul mccartneys awesomeness as was george
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I've just finished reading "The Beatles Anthology" and in it all the band members recognise that none of them are highly gifted technical players, but all of them were as good as they needed to be. And Ringo got in the band because Pete Best wasn't very good at keeping time and missed a load of gigs where Ringo stepped in and played, and it also says in the book that the other 3 members felt he was the best drummer in Liverpool at the time.
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My opinion on Ringo...

In some respects, when you compare him to other drummers, he appears as being quite poor. He simply plays a single beat throughtout every song, very rarely incorporating fills. When you listen to him, and then another drummer, such as John Bonham, it's easy to see that there is a difference in their playing that makes John obviously appear better than Ringo.

While I do not find Ringo to be among the best drummers, something I have noticed in his playing is his precision.

What he plays is simple, but it's so precise in timing it is amazing.
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It's quite weird that his son is Zak Starskey,but maybe he was tought better....

But Ringo was not the best drummer,but he was not very creative.
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He played for the song. That's all that really matters. And for the record, Macca is an amazing musician. I doubt there are many other guys from the 60s who can write classical symphonies.
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his son is better
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Well,he was able to replace Keith Moon.
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Ringo is a fine drummer. Nice and simple just like Charlie Watts, although when I play drums I like to be creative with fills and beats (Keith Moon is my idol!)
If Ringo's drumming was good enough to get him into the Beatles, then there is nothing wrong with it.
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Well, The Beatles early work is pure pop music, which you don't need fantastic drums for, and he wasn't a fantastic drummer. But look at pop music today; doesn't even use real drums all that much any more, compared to that Ringo's a tubthumping legend!!
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Quote by Sloopy
He was rock solid. Flashy drummers can be annoying. Look at Frank Beard from ZZTop, the man has the simplest beats ever but he knows his job is to keep the band together. Ringo is the same. Drummers that play like they are on guitar me off.

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I could not possibly agree more. I'm really hoping drummers grow a sense of discretion after high school, because everyone I've played with thusfar has been like that.
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Ringo was a great drummer
His style of drumming was not only very different than that of any other drummer at the time but in my opinion much better.
While his technical skill may not have been excellent, he was a damn good drummer.
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He was good enough, he didn't need to be a Bonham or Moon because the songs didn't need a Bonham or Moon.
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Actually,Ringo also had a uniqe feature:

He was able to use both hands for lead.
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Actually,Ringo also had a uniqe feature:

He was able to use both hands for lead.

That's because he played backwards. He is left handed, but learned to play right handed for some reason. Playing an instrument backwards is a bitch, but he does it.

I'd say he's much better than people have any reason to believe. He hates playing solos and playing a simple beat like he's been known for doing for 45 years is what he wants to do. He can play some crazy complicated stuff, I've heard him do so, but he doesn't choose to. I doubt that John or Paul ever wanted him to play anything complicated because that might make him the star in their band.

As for Zak seeming to be a better drummer, he's not. He replaced Keith Moon, obviously he's going to have to play complex parts.
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Ringo is not a person. He is a metronome that talks and walks.

Ringo never missed a beat, he always stayed on time. He did exactly what he needed to. Who says you have to be flashy and wild to be a drummer? He did exactly what was necessary to compliment the music and keep everyone in time. He is very talented.
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That's because he played backwards. He is left handed, but learned to play right handed for some reason. Playing an instrument backwards is a bitch, but he does it.

I'd say he's much better than people have any reason to believe. He hates playing solos and playing a simple beat like he's been known for doing for 45 years is what he wants to do. He can play some crazy complicated stuff, I've heard him do so, but he doesn't choose to. I doubt that John or Paul ever wanted him to play anything complicated because that might make him the star in their band.

As for Zak seeming to be a better drummer, he's not. He replaced Keith Moon, obviously he's going to have to play complex parts.



I learned how to "air drum" with my both hands(belive me it's not easy if you are trying to use your feet aswell).

So the Beatles kept his excellent drumming skills under cover?


I dont know,I heard good things about him.
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Quote by Sherman901
Ringo is not a person. He is a metronome that talks and walks.

Ringo never missed a beat, he always stayed on time. He did exactly what he needed to. Who says you have to be flashy and wild to be a drummer? He did exactly what was necessary to compliment the music and keep everyone in time. He is very talented.




Basically what I said, but it sounded a lot better.
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Ringo was a pretty good drummer, but he was definitely lucky to fall in with three musical geniuses. He was never the creative innvator the other three were. Even now, Ringo is still living off being an ex-Beatle, whereas the other three were all able to create classics in their own right after the Beatles broke up.
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My opinion only: Ringo was a talented drummer that was the perfect drummer for the Beatle's music. No, he's not Neal Peart, nor Jon Bonham, but what he played was perfect for the music the Beatles made. His timing really is awesome and he does have a distinctive technique and sound. The Beatles music didn't require gymnastics on the drums. That's one thing about today's music that is lacking. The emphasis today is on who the best is technically but as far as music is concerned is it really important that someone can play 64th notes across ten million drums for 30 minutes? It's fun to listen to and watch that but what Ringo added was the missing element. The drums on a lot of the beatle's songs was actually played by McCarteny in the studio. But Ringo was an inovator. I grew up with the Beatles so I'm from the era. I remember seeing the towel across his snare. No one had seen someone do that before. Not a big thing but different. If you listen to each of the beatles songs, the drums are different in almost every song. A different new technique or sound was used on almost each recording. Maybe that didn't originate with Ringo but it has become his trademark. I will always love his playing in or out of the Beatles.
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Quote by PatchworkMan
Ringo was a pretty good drummer, but he was definitely lucky to fall in with three musical geniuses. He was never the creative innvator the other three were. Even now, Ringo is still living off being an ex-Beatle, whereas the other three were all able to create classics in their own right after the Beatles broke up.


His solo albums were mediocre at best, but he did do some okay work in participating on the other Beatles members albums.
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Nah, he wasn't very good. He had a couple of awesome songs, but they could have found someone better.
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Nah, he wasn't very good. He had a couple of awesome songs, but they could have found someone better.


But could you really imagine The Beatle's with a drummer such as, say, Keith Moon?

It's really hard to imagine that type of drumming fitting in with most of their music.

It's probably better to have someone such as Ringo, who is so precise, playing simple, yet fitting beats, than someone such as Keither Moon either playing drums that don't fit the music, or having him reserve his skill to play like Ringo, but probably not as precise.
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The drums dont stand out in the Beatles and they dont have to. the vocals were the greatest ever the song writing amazing and They rarely ever really needed a lead instrument part any way
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#36
He did the job but he wasn't a great drummer. Also, he's a bit of a prick these days.
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#37
Whoa. Listen more carefully to the Beatles if you think the Ringo isn't a good drummer. He's not as flashy as Moon, but comparing Moon and Ringo are like comparing apples and oranges.

There aren't many drummers around that make beats that fit the song so well. He's one of the few drummers that captures the character of the song, instead of just keeping the beat.

It also seems to be a common idea around here faster=better. That's a notion you need to get out of your head. Most of the time it is harder to play simpler, on any instrument, and still sound good.

All I have to say is, really listen to the Beatles, and listen to how all the parts fit together. The combination of all the parts into the whole makes all those songs great, and Ringo's part of that is perfect.
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I love the drums in 'A Day in the Life', give it a listen the fills are quality
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I love the drums in 'A Day in the Life', give it a listen the fills are quality

The drums in that song are amazing... he knew just when to put those fills in.
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idk, at the risk of sounding like a dumbass i Really don't like ringo.

When I listen to the who, I say wow thats some amazing INSANE drumming

when I listen to the velvet underground I say wow that drummer keeps it simple but is still amazing

when i listen to the beatles I say meh
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