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Jimmy Nicol, the forgotten Beatle drummer

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Jimmy Nicol, the forgotten Beatle drummer

In 1964 when the Beatles were set to launch their world tour, little did many know that Ringo wouldn’t be joining in right away! When Ringo got sick, the band had to bring in another sticksmith to carry the beat on. Who knew?!

But when tonsillitis laid Ringo Starr low on June 3, on the eve of the Fab Four’s world tour, he wouldn’t have been top of many lists to replace him.

If George Harrison had got his way, Nicol wouldn’t even have had two weeks at a Beatle.

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Kenny Aronoff on Playing with Sir Paul

Kenny Aronoff on Playing with Sir Paul

Want to know what it’s like to play with one of Rock and Roll’s true legends? Ultimate Classic Rock sat down with Kenny Aronoff and discussed the experience with playing for Sir Paul McCartney.

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Drum stars talk Ringo (Music Radar)

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Drum stars talk Ringo (Music Radar)

With the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ performance on Ed Sullivan this past weekend, it’s appropriate to take a step back and reflect the drummer that single-handedly brought Ludwig into the rock and roll mainstream, Ringo Starr. From Vinnie to Erskine, MusicRadar provides some insight into the man from some of today’s most notable drummers.

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Forbes sums up exactly how I felt about Ringo’s Grammy performance.

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Forbes sums up exactly how I felt about Ringo’s Grammy performance.

Leave it to a business periodical to eloquently articulate exactly how I (Dave) felt about Ringo’s appearance with Paul McCartney last week.

… the camera will linger on Ringo as a magnificent drum fill thunders into the next measure, but Ringo’s hands won’t be the one executing it.

We’d post a video link, but they keep getting yanked from YouTube.

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The Story of Ringo Starr’s Ed Sullivan Show Logo Head

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The Story of Ringo Starr’s Ed Sullivan Show Logo Head

From DRUM! Magazine:

William F. Ludwig himself put it best when he said, “On February 9, 1964, a new musical event burst from the TV screens across America. The Beatles had arrived, featuring Ringo Starr and his Ludwig Black Oyster drums. Literally overnight everyone wanted a drum set like Ringo’s. The drum boom was born!”

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Drummer Talk 08/06/2009 – In-Ear Moniitors

We are BACK for Season 5 of Drummer Talk – the Internet’s longest running drumming podcast.  On today’s show, we talk about what we’ve done all Summer, we discuss the passing of Jim Chapin, we return to our rudimental roots with the single stroke roll, Richard Starkey (AKA Ringo Starr) is the drummer of the week, and Dave gives his thoughts on in-ear monitors. 

Ludwig Presents the Liverpool 4 Drum Kit

If you’re in the mood for some vintage gear, or gear that certainly appears vintage, this will be right up your alley. Ludwig has announced they are adding onto their Legacy line with a rendition of the kit Ringo Starr played on The Beatles’ groundbreaking Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1964. Looks pretty nice to me. The only real news here is that Ludwig is releasing the Black Oyster Pearl finish with the Legacy line. I’m not gonna break the bank to get this kit, though.

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New Rock Band Featuring Beatles To Be Released

Finally! A Rock Band game worth mentioning! The Beatles music will be featured on The Beatles: Rock Band, to be released this fall! To me it seems as if putting their music on Rock Band would be beneath the Fab Four (or whomever holds their copyrights now). Apparently I am wrong! One wonders what Ringo could have to say about this…

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Ringo Says No More Fan Mail

Source: AP

Ringo Starr doesn’t want to hear from you. If you do write, your letter will end up in the trash. After 45 years of stardom, he doesn’t want to spend any more time answering mail or sending signed photos back to fans.

The fan fatigue led the former Beatles drummer to post a sometimes angry sounding short video clip on his Web site telling fans that any mail sent to him after Oct. 20 will not be read or answered. British television stations broadcast the video on Tuesday.

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Today in Drumming History …

On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr played his first gig with the Beatles replacing Pete Best.  To honor this day, here is a video of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb 8, 1964.

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Whatever Happened to The Beatles’ Original Drummer, Pete Best?

Source: Fosters.com

“I will never forget the expression when we played the first notes of ‘Long Tall Sally’ on the kids’ faces,” Best recalled Friday afternoon during a telephone interview from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., where his band was scheduled to play that night.

Suddenly, there was a great roar that ushered in the beginning of what was to become Beatlemania, Best recalled.

“It was a moment of magic,” the now 66-year-old Best said.

But Best’s career with the Beatles was short-lived. Just before his former band mates became successful British pop stars in 1962, the decision was made to replace him with Ringo Starr.

Former Beatles Manager Brian Epstein broke the news to Best and Best never spoke with John, Paul or George again.

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