Ringo Starr: “I preferred to play John’s songs rather than Paul’s”

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Former Beatles member Ringo Starr  in an interview with Dave Grohl opens up on John Lennon Murder and other anectodes

On “She’s Leaving Home,” Ringo didn’t even have a drum part to play. Overall, Sgt. Pepper was very much a Paul McCartney project. That hints at another reason Ringo didn’t enjoy making the album.

In an interview published in the Anthology project, Ringo said he generally preferred playing songs John Lennon wrote to those penned by Paul. It was a matter of the songwriters’ individual styles. “John’s songs had ‘a bit more rock ‘n’ roll”

John was much more of a rocker. While Paul was writing songs like “Good Day Sunshine” and “Rigby” for the Revolver album, John’s sound was getting heavier on songs like “Rain” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” That was the sort of stuff Ringo liked playing drums on. (Cheatsheet.com)

Ringo didn’t need to wait for the publishing credits on the album to know which track came which bandmate. “I could tell which were John’s songs,” Ringo said. “I always preferred to play on them — they always had a bit more rock ‘n’ roll to them.”

If you’ve ever heard Ringo talk about Beatles songs he loves, it won’t be a big surprise to learn he preferred John’s music. “Rain,” Ringo’s all-time favorite Fab Four track (at least for his drumming), ranks among John’s finest work.

On several occasions, he’s also pointed to John’s “Yer Blues” as one of the high points from his time with The Beatles. “‘Yer Blues,’ you can’t top it,” he also said in Anthology. “It was this group that was together; it was like grunge rock of the sixties, really. Grunge blues.”

On John Lennon death the ex Beatle recalls: “When John went, I was in the Bahamas. I was getting a phone call from my stepkids in L.A. saying, ‘Something’s happened to John’,” he explained. “And then they called and said, ‘John’s dead’. And I didn’t know what to do.”

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Beatles drummer Starr opened up to Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl about the moment he was told the tragic news.
“I just said, ‘We’ve got to get a plane’. We got a plane to New York, and you don’t know what you can do,” he remembered. “We went to the apartment. ‘Anything we can do?’ And Yoko [Ono] just said, ‘Well, you just play with Sean [Lennon, John’s son]. Keep Sean busy’.“And that’s what we did. That’s what you think: ‘What do you do now?’”The very next day, with the world in a state of shock, Ono issued a statement, saying “There is no funeral for John” before following it up with: “John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him.”

 

 

The Beatles may have broken up almost 50 years ago, but drummer Sir Ringo has been keeping himself busy with his solo career ever since. In fact, it’s now been 30 years since he started touring with his supergroup, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. And Ringo may be about to turn 79-years-old, but the former Beatle still gets struck by bouts of stage fright. Speaking with NBC News’ TODAY, Ringo revealed how he deals with it. (express.co.uk)

Speaking with Al Roker, Ringo said: “I do [still get stage fright].

“Seconds before I go on, I want to go to bed. I wanna go anyway bar there.

“And then I run on. Once I’ve run on, I grab the mic and I’m fine.”

Ringo continued: “I do one ritual while I’m touring.

“That is an hour and half every night before I go on stage.

“I have a baked potato, some vegetables and a vegetable drink. And that keeps me settled.”

“I love to work. Other bands may play two concerts a week when on tour. I prefer doing five,” he continued.
Last Christmas, Ringo joined Sir Paul McCartney for a Beatles reunion at the latter’s final O2 Arena performance.

 

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