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!”
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.
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.
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…
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.
“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.
Ringo Starr has been talking about how the end of national service in Britain actually made it possible for The Beatles to exist. The Legendary drummer from one of the greatest bands our world has ever seen has claimed that the reason for the huge pop explosion in the 60’s was only made possible because people no longer had to join the army.
Starr said “We were the first generation that didn’t go into the army,” he also added “I missed the call up by, like, 10 months, and so we were allowed, as these teenagers, not to be regimented and turn into these musicians.”