Originally Posted by Lynch
Also quite a few overrated guys that were simply in big bands or just in the right place at the right time.
Ringo wasn`t lucky. Ringo was the drummer for Rory Storm + The Hurricanes which was the biggest band of the Liverpool Merseybeat scene before The Beatles. Ringo had Starr-Time in which he sang solo songs like he did in The Beatles. He already made a name for himself before joining The Beatles.
To quote Paul McCartney in the Anthology`on replacing Pete Best with Ringo Starr, "We knew we needed `The Great Drummer in Liverpool`".
To quote Paul McCartney in his Larry King 2007 Interview, ""We loved him. And we just thought he was the very best drummer we'd ever seen. And we wanted him in the group. We were big fans of his."
To quote Mike McCartney, "There were quite a few drummers around Liverpool and I used to go home and tell Paul about Ringo. I often saw him play with Rory Storm. ...With Rory he was a very inventive drummer. He goes around the drums like crazy. He doesn't just hit them -- he invents sounds." (1983 interview for The Beatles: A Celebration by Geoffrey Guilliano, 1992) `
To quote John Lennon in his 1980 ******* Interview, "Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. He was a professional drummer who sang and performed and had Ringo Star-time and he was in one of the top groups in Britain but especially in Liverpool before we even had a drummer. So Ringo's talent would have come out one way or the other as something or other."
To quote Klaus Voormann (in an interview by Gary James) about Ringo during Rory Storm + The Hurricanes, "He was a fantastic drummer. Really incredible."
To quote Voormann again, "He (Pete Best) was doing OK, but if you compare it to Ringo, he just did not have that swing. He just did not have that rock. He just didn't."