It´s time to celebrate an underappreciated and underrated
member of The Beatles! Because, frankly, he is just as important as any Beatle... and, what would The Beatles have been without
So, here is a small nod (with the potential to be added to) to the one
and only... Ringo!
Surely, everyone knows all the biographical details, so those shall be
omitted here... instead, That Magic Feeling is starting this off with a number of quotes, all by, and in some cases,
Q: Beethoven figures in one of your songs. What do you think of Beethoven?
He´s great. Especially his poetry.
Q: How tall are you?
Two feet, nine inches.
Q: How come The Beatles, rather than 200 other groups, clicked?
Sometimes I try to figure that out too.
(A well-known one from "A Hard Day´s Night")
Q: Are you a mod or
Ringo: Um, no, I´m a mocker.
Yeah, it was incredible. The drugs, the sex, the all-night parties. I
really miss that Shining Time Station. – Ringo
The Japanese have a dedication to time. They would like us to leave the
room at 7:14, get to the elevator by 7:15 and a half, and the elevator took one minute eight seconds to get us down to the
car, and so on.... But when they knocked on the door, we would never come out. We´d totally wreck their timings, and we´d
see all these guys going absolutely barmy because we hadn´t walked down the corridor at 7:14 and a third! – Ringo
(About the break up of The Beatles)
It was like the wind-down to a
divorce. A divorce usually doesn´t just happen suddenly; there ae months and years of misery.…” – Ringo
In 1966 the road was getting pretty boring and it was also coming to
an end for me.... First and foremost, we were musicians: singers, writers, performers. Where we ended up on a huge crazy pedestal
was not really in my plan. My plan was to keep playing great music. – Ringo
Q: Do you like topless bathing suits?
Ringo: We´ve been wearing them
Q: How about you other guys, how do you feel about Ringo being nominated
John: We think he should win. Definitely in favor.
Q: Would you make them part of your cabinet?
Ringo: I´d have to, wouldn´t
George: I could be the door.
I´d have George as treasurer.
John: I could be the cupboard.
George looks after the money.
Q: Ringo, why do you get the most fan mail?
Ringo: I don´t know. Perhaps
it´s because more people write me.
(About the plan to buy a Greek island)
That was what happened when
we got out. It was safer making records because once they let us out we´d just go barmy. – Ringo
(About the Queen asking them how long they had been a band at the MBE
...and without the blink of an eye, Paul and I said, `We´ve been together
now for forty years and it don´t seem a day too much.´She had ths strange, quizzical look on her face, like either she wanted
to laugh ot she was thinking, 'Off with their heads'…. – Ringo
I´m not Pavarotti. But I do wanna play. – Ringo, 1995
(About Rishikesh, India)
...You´d have to fight off the scorpions
and tarantulas to try to get in a bath, so there used to be amazing noise in the bathroom. To have a bath you´d start shouting
– ‘Oh yes, well, I think I´ll be having a bath now´- and banging your feet. You´d keep shouting in the bath: ‘Oh,
what a time I´m having, yes it´s wonderful!´…. – Ringo
When I´m driving I sometimes close my eyes and meditate – my chaffeur
drives me! – Ringo
I can´t act, I don´t know how to. I just don´t do anything. I don´t know,
perhaps that's acting. – Ringo
loved it. And they loved Ringo over there. That´s why it was so great for me, because when we got to America, it wasn´t JOHN,
PAUL, GEORGE and Ringo; half the time it was RINGO, PAUL, GEORGE and JOHN, or whatever. Suddenly it was equal. – Ringo
(About America, again)
was just the most brilliant place I´d ever been to. People were lending us yachts, anything we wanted. A family lent us their
boat and let me drive. It was sixty-foot speedboat. They have those pretty rails on the front and I bent them all over the
place. But they didn´t seem to mind. – Ringo
(About skiing in "Help!")
that any of us could ski. Dick Lester just put us on skis and edged us down a mountain. – Ringo
(To George and Paul, in June 1994, viewable on the Anthology extras disc)
been really beautiful and moving. I like hanging out with you guys. – Ringo
(In response to the above:)
Little choochie face! – Paul
(About the Philippines, 1966)
a famous story about John and I hiding behind these nuns. We thought, it´s a Catholic country, they won´t beat up the nuns.
(First impressions of Ringo)
[Rory Storm and the Hurricans] would do their show and Ringo was the cocky one at the back, and with the way he looked, with
that grey streak in his hair and half a grey eyebrow and a big nose, he looked a real tough guy. But it probably only took
half an hour to realize it was actually... Ringo! – George
Some of the fans – a couple of them – were shouting 'Pete
is best!' and 'Ringo never, Pete Best forever!', but it was a small group and we ignored it. However, after about half an
hour our it was getting a bit tiring so I shouted to the audience. When we stepped out of the band room into the dark tunnel,
some guy nodded me one, giving me a black eye. The things we have to do for Ringo! – George
...I was devastated that George Martin had his doubts about me [initially].
I came down ready to roll and heard, ´We´ve got a prefessional drummer.´He has apologized several times since, has old George,
but it was devastating – I hated the bugger for years; I still don´t let him off the hook! – Ringo
...Up until then pop groups had been milk and honey with the press: ´No,
I don´t smoke,´that kind of thing. And here we were, smoking and drinking and shouting at them. That´s
what endeared us to them. – Ringo
...I really despised the way we couldn´t make a decision for ourselves.
It was just: ‘Off you go.´- ´But Ringo must come with us.´- ´No, sorry, you´ll get a new drummer.´As we
grew older, I suppose, we would have turned around and said we wouldn´t go; but in those days it was the blind leading the
blind. – George
They nearly didn't do that Australian tour. George is a very loyal person,
and he said, 'If Ringo's not part of the group, it's not The Beatles. I don't see why we should do it, and I'm not going to.'
It took all of Brian's and my persuasion to tell George that if he didn't do it, he was letting everybody down…. –
I remember us standing on the roof of a building in one of the cities
in Australia, and all the fans were down there, chanting. We were having fun with them and one guy, who was on crutches threw
his crutches away and went into: ‘I can walk, I can walk!’... it was as if he was healed – and then he fell
right on his face. He just fell over…. – Ringo
I've always believed the drummer is there not to interrupt the song.
Ringo has a tremendous feel for a song and he always helped us hit the
right tempo the first time. He was rock solid. This made the recording of all the Beatles songs so much easier. – George
I'd like to end up, sort of, unforgettable. - Ringo