Top-10 Quotes About Ringo Starr
- "Ringo's a damn good drummer. He was always a good drummer ...
I think Ringo's drumming is underrated the same way Paul's bass playing is underrated.
Paul and Ringo stand up anywhere with any of the rock musicians!"
- John Lennon
- "Ringo is right down the center, never overplays."
- Paul McCartney
- "Ringo's got the best back beat I've ever heard and he can play great 24-hours a day."
- George Harrison
- "I think he's vastly underrated. The drum fills on A Day In The
Life are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say, 'I want it like that.'
They wouldn't know what to do."
- Phil Collins
- "Sgt. Pepper was the album that changed drumming more than anything else.
Before that album, drum fills in rock and roll were pretty rudimentary, all much the same,
and this record had what I call space fills where they would leave a tremendous amount of air.
It was most appealing to me musically and the sound of the drums got much better.
What I had to figure out now was what am I going to do to get drums to sound like that."
- Al Kooper
- "Ringo always got a unique sound out of his drums, ... a looser deeper sound that is unique.
... Detailed attention to the tone of his drums is one of the reasons for Ringo's brilliance.
Another is that although Ringo does not keep time with a metronome accuracy, he has unrivaled
feel for a song. If his timing fluctuates, it invariably does so in the right place at the right
... this held true for every single Beatles number Richie played."
- George Martin
- "Ringo always approached the song more like a songwriter than a drummer. He always served the music."
- Kenny Arnoff (Modern Drummer, Dec. 1987)
- "There were quite a few drummers around Liverpool and I used to go home and tell
Paul about Ringo. I often saw him play with Rory Storm ... with Rory he was a very
inventive drummer. He goes around the drums like crazy, he doesn't just hit them -
he invents sounds!"
- Mike McCartney (The Beatles: A Celebration by Geoffrey Guilliano)
- "As a drummer, he was a natural, purely intuitive, remarkably tasteful, ... a proponent of less is more school of minimal drumming ... He had an uncanny
understanding of John's rhythm and Paul's bass line. Time and again, the Beatles rode his backbeat
to glory. Precisely because he never overstated a beat, or over-accented a phrase (unless it was
appropriate) he managed to get more mileage out of his licks than most drummers could ever dream
of. The results were extraordinary."
- Martin Torgoff (The Compleat Beatles, 1985)
- "Ringo is one of the most important drummers of the 20th century ...
His feel is
absolutely tremendous. He got some great sounds on the Beatles records. It wasn't all production
and microphones, a lot of it was down to the way he tuned them. ... He has tremendous
basic ability. Obviously there were people playing in a straight-forward manner before him,
but he had a definite feel and he changed pop drumming around ... I think he's tremendous."
- Peter Blake (Speaking Words of Wisdom)