Dick Cavett: Who’s the greatest drummer in rock?
Dick Cavett: Why’s that, Ringo?
Ringo: Because I’m in the greatest band.
Today, 7/07/07, is special for something much more important than that Live Earth music industry circle jerk (any “rock concert” including the Pussycat Dolls is immediately authenticity bankrupt) posing as a pro-environment direct action. Meanwhile, Sir Paul is busy shilling his album in every $#@#@ Starbucks on the planet.
Today is the birthday of the self-described greatest drummer in rock history.
It’s Ringo’s birthday, kids. He’s 67.
We rarely think of Ringo these days, but he’s vital to the career of The Fabs. Here are a few reasons why Ringo matters…
* The title of the first (and by far best) Beatles film, A Hard Day’s Night, comes from an expression Ringo used as the boys were shuttling back to a hotel in the back of a delivery van after having filmed their landmark movie all day, then played a concert that evening….
* Hunter Davies, The Beatles first (and in some ways best) biographer, gave us a direct, detailed description of Lennon and McCartney composing in his biography The Beatles. They were writing “A Little Help From My Friends” for Sgt. Pepper because they needed a “Ringo song….”
* Ringo was the first Beatle to quit the band – before John, George or Paul (who was last, but who made it stick). He quit during the Let It Be/Abbey Road sessions because he got tired of Paul’s abuse. He stayed away for two weeks before George coaxed him into returning….
* During the heyday of Beatlemania, Ringo got more fan mail than any of his band mates.
* When The Fabs were on tour, John always roomed with Ringo to keep Paul and George from squabbling over who would get to room with him….
* The songs John and Paul wrote for Ringo are among the most charming and quirky in their canon: “Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “A Little Help….”
* Ringo is the oldest Beatle….
* Ringo was the last member to join the band….
* The only solo album on which all four Beatles played after the band’s breakup was Ringo’s 1973 solo album titled, appropriately enough, Ringo.
Everyone agrees that 7/07/07 is the luckiest day of the millenium. Whose birthday would it be but the luckiest guy in the history of rock?
Happy Birthday, Richie Starkey….