After years of feeling ignored Ringo Starr, The Beatles’ drummer, has finally been inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame as a solo artist.
Somebody with a sense of humour believed he had been recognised as one of rock music’s “greatest and most creative drummers”.
This is all rather funny if you happen to know a little of the history of The Beatles. Ringo Starr was left handed but played a right handed drum set. He led with his left hand, though, and it contributed to his distinct style of drumming. His style was recognised as pivotal in the music of The Beatles.
Starr’s drumming is so distinct, that it is possible to listen to the drumming alone for The Beatles songs and yet still know which song it is. It isn’t uncommon for drummers even to this day to list Ringo Starr as a major influence.
What many of us can never forget though is an interview with John Lennon who was asked, “Is Starr the best drummer in the world?” John Lennon said in all honesty, “He isn’t even the best drummer within the band!”
As if to emphasise the point, Starr got a strop-on recording one of their last albums together and walked out so Paul McCartney stepped in to record the drums on two of the tracks!