Thursday, August 19, 2010

And in other drummer news...

With a nod to Wayne "Eagle-Eye" Shelor, this just in:  The birthplace of Ringo Starr is about to be demolished.  Go here to read about it.   There was no comment from the drummer in this account, and we were thinking if he really gave a flip he could spring into action and stop this from happening. 

Ringo apparently did have a response to an idea that was floated a while back to take down the house on Madryn Street brick by brick and rebuild it at the site of a new museum.

"It made no sense to me," he was quoted back in 2007. "If you want to see where I come from, it's no good putting me in the Wirral. It only works, as far as I can see, if it's there [Madryn Street]."

So no plans to pass the collection plate here at the Sanctuary.


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  2. Our friend Grant Jefferies, a respected drummer in Bradenton, says Ringo's technical skills on the skins are unremarkable.

    Maybe Ringo wasn't the most audacious drummer -- he didn't play lead drums in his band like Moon or Bonham did in their's -- but he was a key part of the Beatles' magic. His playing was appropriate, competent, and tasteful. And he fit in well with the boys. He brought charm, a sense of humor, and a way with a phrase (A Hard Days Night) to the band.

    And my little sister Sandi loved him like a lot of little girls back in '64.

    Ringo's legend doesn't depend on saving his old home, but it sure seems short-sighted to let it go.

  3. I would not argue with James - or his friend - who calls Ringo's drumming "unremarkable." It's true. Paul did a lot of drumming on various Beatles recordings. But if you want to "hear" the drumming of Ringo, almost for the first time, get some of the remastered albums, or listen to the "Love" album, a remarkable document in its own right, and a brilliant "composition" by Geo. Martin & Son.

  4. Yeah, but can he ever sing.