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Best Drum Performances by Ringo?
14 August 2016
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Personally, I enjoy the drumming on "Wait ", I think his drumming was superb there it adds a layer to the song I enjoy very much. As well as "The End ", of course gotta love the drum interlude and "God " I think is another great one. ringostarrmikmitchell.jpgImage Enlarger

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Maybe somebody has already talked about this, but I love the way he plays the drums in A Day In The Life – it's simple and perfect.

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Lest we forget, Tell Me Why and Long Tall Sally . Straight out Rock N Roll drumming.

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Long Tall Sally ! Listening to both the recording and video clips, Ringo shows why he was asked to join the Beatles. He drove the band. Not to diminish his later work with all those wonderful fills, but Ringo's job when he joined the band was to provide a solid backbeat. He certainly did!

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The live versions of Thank You Girl features some great driving rhythms. 

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Plot twist: It was Yoko who was drumming on Dear Prudence a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

  

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Ringo's best? I'd say "She Said..." and the Star-Club "Sit Right Down and Cry"

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Another vote for Rain

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Back in the U.S.S.R. and Dear Prudence

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She Said She Said and hmma-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-paul-7 prolly Rain as well, and Tomorrow Never Knows . Though I've never consider him a fantastic drummer other than those songs.

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I'm partial to "Long, Long, Long " myself but there are many other great ones as well, "Rain ", and "Strawberry Fields Forever ," are good examples. I often find myself smiling over this or that little drum bit here or there in the Beatles catalogue. I actually think he's my favorite drummer in all of rock and roll. No, he doesn't play the drums as a lead instrument like the brilliant Keith Moon (take the drums out of, say, "Happy Jack" and there's no song left). But his drumming is unique, he rarely repeats himself, and it is always provides perfect support for the melody and arrangement. He's not ostentatious, but he contributes something of interest to literally every song.

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Gosh, there's a lot on this thread.  I read some.  I couldn't read them all; so I hope I'm not repeating anything here?

But for me - and it's partly for personal reasons I'll concede - it has to be 'Tell Me Why '. 

In those palmy days - as I have made passing mention on my one or two other posts so far (I'm still a newbie here): I was myself then still a VERY young and naive aspring musician (no, my instrument was neither guitar nor drums, I was then a keyboards player - still am actually (among many other instruments now)).  I recall the very young apsiring pop/beat group of which I was co-founder, with my cousin, in those days.  We were already trying to create music of our own, but we still, in those days, played our own versions of Beatles songs.  We had not long before discovered sheet music (wow!) - yes we could both read music.  In the song book for 'A Hard Day's Night ' was, of course, included 'Tell Me Why '.  And I can recall perusing the sheet music, with those opening 'wake up' chords at the beginning - but, of course, to my then very young and untrained ear: it was 'boom-boom-boo-boo-boom CHORD CHORD; boom-boom-boo-boo-boom CHORD CHORD; boom-boo-boo-boom CHORD CHORD' - then into the vocal.  I recall pointing this out to my cousin (who was our drummer - and other instruments actually): 'How come?  Where's the 'boom-boom-boo-boo-boom 's..' '??

"Drums!" he replied, simply (which, of course, are never shown on standard sheet music).  Ah!  Realisation!  Later on, as you probably all know well, just before the final 'stretch' Ringo plays a little series of 'mini rolls' (who said he couldn't play a roll?). And of course we know that there can be no doubt, in this case, that no session performers or guest musicians were used (that is: if we believe the album's sleeve notes) - so Ringo actually played this!  I can recall, too, pointing this out to my cousin, and co-counder musican also: 'I thought you said that drums were not important on this track?'  (albiet, he was a dummer himself); 'Well, only for build-up effects' he replied.  But exactly!  That's the whole point, isn't it??

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@Jules 

I think McCartney is the drummer on Back In The USSR , as Ringo had walked out.

 Ron Nasty will correct me if I'm wrong.

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@Jules 

I think McCartney is the drummer on Back In The USSR , as Ringo had walked out.

Ron Nasty will correct me if I'm wrong.

According to Wikipedia, he played drums on Back in the U.S.S.R, Dear Prudence , Wild Honey Pie and Martha My Dear . I was aware, that's why I said it, I was making a joke.

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**RIMMING** - and no, please, no sexual innuendos here!

This maybe does not strictly qualify as 'best' dumming performances by Ringo... but it's a neat little trick, even so! (And probably not worth starting a whole another thread just for this?).

Any here who are drummers - or were drummers - will probably know exactly what I am talking about.  Rimming: specifically, the technique of wedging one drumstick over the upper skin of the snare drum (or side drum with snare if you wish) - so one end (the thicker end, without the 'bobble') of a wooden drumstick (as was bog standard in those days of course) is actually wedged against the rim; whilst lifting the other ('bobble' and striking) end of the stick, with hand or finger, to let it 'recoil stike' down against the top skin.  I don't know how frequently Ringo used this technique.. but for sure you can see him doing just that in the (early) rehearsal scene in the movie 'A Hard Day's Night ' on the performance of 'If I Fell ' (John is sitting next to him and Ringo has returned to a happy mood now, as he is in his element... in fact, they are all in good spirits just now).  Check out the movie: 1.05.22 >1.08.16.

In this case, Ringo probably does this becuase it's a slow, 'soft' sort of number (cf. on some versions of 'And I Love Her ', for example, for an even softer attack,  he is using not sticks at all but brushes.  Hot rods would be great - but I don't think these were even invented then?).  Ringo here , on this performance of 'If I Fell ' :- Ringo, who is right-handed of course - is also using his other (left) hand to keep regular strikes on the snare drum/side drum top skin as well... but, in this case, more conventionally, with the 'bobble' head of the other (in his left hand) stick simply stirking the skin directly from above (as is more the usual).  It's of interest to me because, as I say, my cousin and co-founder of our little beat/pop group of the day - young and inexperienced as we then were; he was our drummer.  He learned this tirck exactly from Ringo in that scence... and in his case (my cousin was left handed, so he always crossed his hands, thereafter to do it) thereafter, Chris my cousin ALWAYS played the snare drum that way - keeping his other (supporting, in this case right ) hand free for the tom-toms, stick bongos and cymbals and hi-hat, and so on.  And in Chris's  case, with us: this always worked surprisingly well thereafter, and was very effective.

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Oh, it's just a little PS or kind of ADDENDUM to my post above, if you like. 

I can't clearly establish, from what I can see of the movie footage, whether it is the thick end of the drumstick or the (tapered) 'bobble' end that Ringo wedges against the snare drum rim here.  Maybe there are others who have sharper eyes, or perhaps a better resolution youtube or whatever... who can clarify this? But I'm guessing that either would work?

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Either way works @edwardtheconfessor - when I play rim-shots, I tend to wedge the thick end and hit with the tapered end - and this is the technique that Ringo is using in the film, I can confirm.

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**RIMMING** - and no, please, no sexual innuendos here!

 

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