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    In defence of Ringo Starr – a masterful drummer and the Beatles' unsung genius
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    His beats may not have had the furious technical clarity of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, say, or the phenomenal precision of James Brown’s drummer, Clyde Stubblefield. But what he had was perfect for the Beatles, where Bonham would have been too showy and Stubblefield too tight.

    Most drummers recognise this. “Define ‘best drummer in the world’,” Dave Grohl said in a tribute video for Starr’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame presentation. “Is it someone that’s technically proficient? Or is it someone that sits in the song with their own feel? Ringo was the king of feel.”

    What this means is that many of Ringo’s best performances go unnoticed. These are beats designed to enhance the song rather than show off the drummer’s abilities. Take She Loves You, the song that kicked off Beatlemania. Ringo’s brief introductory tom roll is the shot of adrenaline that gets the heart of the song thumping; it is teen mania in sound, and one of the most important drum rolls in recorded music history.

    Consider Tomorrow Never Knows, one of the most influential Beatles songs. How would it sound without Ringo’s beautifully lopsided breakbeat, his unexpected twitching snare pattern emphasising the song’s feel of psychedelic discombobulation? How would Strawberry Fields Forever feel without Ringo’s fantastically weary tom fills, which seems to drag the listener down into Lennon’s nostalgia?

    Some people consider Ringo to be a terrible drummer because he doesn’t play solos. But who, apart from other drummers, really enjoys a solo? Ringo knew this and for years resisted all attempts to get him to play them, eventually giving in for the 15-second break on Abbey Road’s The End. It’s not flashy or difficult, but it has an understated funky charm and when it turned up on Beastie Boys’ The Sounds of Science 20 years later, it was hard to resist a smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aberdien View Post
    In defence of Ringo Starr – a masterful drummer and the Beatles' unsung genius
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...beatles-genius
    Yeah. This gets missed by showy technicality sometimes.

    Ringo was the king of feel.”
    Another drummer on that RS list said, about a prominent drummer, "he understands a wider vision for the landscape of the song and where it might lead." It's not about you, Dr. Strange!

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    As the glue for the music, isn't the best attribute to marry all the parts in a way that draws no distraction? Isn't the pinnacle to be the invisible yet irresistible groove?

    By the way, The End is one of my fav cuts by the 'Pudlians. When Jeff and I were swapping our weekly Beatles Top 20 in fifth or sixth grade, whenever it was, that one made it to #1 one week. No shit.
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    He often gets overlooked because he was a jazz drummer, but any list has to include Buddy Rich.


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    Nothing wrong with jazz drummers, there are some good ones out there.

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    Anyone seen the movie Whiplash? Buddy Rich is the kid's idol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawgdriver View Post
    Anyone seen the movie Whiplash? Buddy Rich is the kid's idol.
    Fantastic movie.

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    Art Blakey deserves some props.
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