Ringo Starr on why John Lennon was so great

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For far too long, people regarded Ringo Starr as The Beatles’ least talented member. Although he never really expected to be in one of the greatest bands in history, he was able to translate one of the sickest grooves ever on the drum set. Typically, he played the song as though he knew exactly what his bandmates were going to do. During their solo years, Starr was more than happy to collaborate with all of his old friends. However, he believed that listening to John Lennon’s music was nearly impossible to avoid falling in love.

However, John Lennon was already attracting a lot of attention to the band before finalizing things. Everybody had a part to play once they went on stage. But Lennon was the group’s undisputed leader from The Quarrymen days onward. It lead them to new heights and serving as their spokesperson whenever they performed live.

However, as soon as the group began working on their original material, things began to change.  He is the group’s hardened mainstay. However, Paul McCartney knows when to step back and let the other members take the lead. McCartney was the one who usually had to call everyone in when it came time to record a new album, usually shortly after the band had left the road.

Even though Starr disliked being called in for work, he did remember that towards the end of their career, McCartney started to become a bit of a bother. As he wrote in Living in the Material World, “We would be in the garden, and the phone would ring. And you knew it was him.” HE INTENDS FOR US TO WORK. But after their lawsuits ended and the dust had settled, Lennon was the last to hear about the split.

Although he did have his experimental albums with Yoko Ono, the group recorded his first collection of original songs with Plastic Ono Band last. Rather than merely venting his frustrations, Lennon treated the songs as self-therapy. He revealed every one of his flaws, vulnerabilities, and insecurities to the public.

Despite the album’s relatively sparse musical selections in comparison to Starr’s other albums, Lennon benefited greatly from Starr’s drumming. This included some incredible fills on songs like “God” and “I Found Out.” Starr may have only been present to participate in the jam. But after hearing the finished mix, he realised something was off.

Starr became shocked by how adeptly Lennon handled those feelings in Classic Albums. He wrote, “He was going through a heavy time of finding himself, dispelling his childhood and putting it into a real context.” He was very brave. Lennon would always put it out there, even if the repercussions were occasionally quite severe. And for that reason, you were unable to love him.

Of course, you’re not just listening to John Lennon voice his demons when you listen to an album like Plastic Ono Band. If his voice was his spirit emerging from his body, then Starr was the pulse, ensuring that everything was returned to Earth, as he performs an existential play for the rest of the world.

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