Saturday, July 07, 2018

Happy # 78 Ringo Starr


In 1962, The Beatles, and new producer George Martin, walked into a studio to record “Love me do”.   It reached the top 20 in the UK and became the group’s first hit.  The B-side was “P.S. I love you”, one of their most underrated songs!
Martin also replaced drummer Pete Best, an original member of the band and lifelong friend from Liverpool.  He replaced Pete with Richard Starkey, a.k.a Ringo Starr.  Ringo had a good reputation as a drummer and had played with several bands.
Pete Best was out.  Ringo Starr was in. 
Within a year, The Beatles had two # 1 songs in the UK:  “Please please me” and “She loves you”.  Two years later, their songs were all over the US charts and “Beatlemania” was in full force.
Ringo will probably go down in history as one of the luckiest men ever born.  Talk about “being in the right place at the right time.”!  In a few months months, Ringo went from being a Liverpool drummer to playing behind John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Ringo became a very popular “Beatle".  He had a great sense of humor and the media loved him.  He had critical roles in the Beatles’ movies, such as his “ring” in “Help” and that funny walk to “This Boy: Ringo’s theme”, in “Hard Day’s Night”.
Today, we remember Ringo’s birthday and hope that he is doing well.
Ringo did a couple of “lead vocals”, such as the # 1 song: “Yellow Submarine”.  However, his greatest contribution was being a professional drummer.



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