Monday, July 07, 2014

Starr Time or A Lot Of Help

It's Ringo's birthday. Both the oldest and newest Beatle, he added something to the band that no one else could.  And they repaid him by giving him great songs to sing.

By the way, his Wikipedia bio includes this:

Starr considered himself fortunate to be on the same "wavelength" as the other Beatles: "I had to be, or I wouldn't have lasted. I had to join them as people [sic] as well as a drummer."

Do we really need the "sic"?


Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

So, is the greatest line in the history of comparative advantage true? Or is it apocryphal?

3:40 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Denver Guy said...

I've never seen that picture - Lennon had an enormously long pinky!

8:00 AM, July 07, 2014  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what they say about long pinkies.

Care to give us a clue what you're talking about, Columbus Guy?

12:15 PM, July 07, 2014  
Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Oh, come on now. Lennon, asked if Ringo is the best drummer in Rock and Roll, says, "He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles."

3:22 AM, July 08, 2014  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I thought I'd refer you to my discussion of Mark Lewisohn's book on the Beatles but I see it hasn't posted yet. While it's true that Lennon could say nasty things about ex-bandmates (as I discuss in my post on the recent book on McCartney in the 70s--also not up yet), there is no way he would ever say anything like this. You have to remember Ringo was in high demand in Liverpool when the Beatles were considered a joke.

It actually is a joke, not a quote from Lennon. My guess is it's based on a very similar line about Danny Simon. When he allegedly got high and mighty regarding how much he knew about comedy writing on some TV special, someone responded "Danny, you're not even the best comedy writer in your family."

9:01 AM, July 08, 2014  

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