Happy Birthday, Ringo.
This Ringo track, “I’m The Greatest”, was written by John Lennon.
Lennon plays piano on it and sings harmony vocals, and George Harrison plays guitar, so this track has more Beatles on it than some actual Beatles tracks, especially if you include “fifth Beatle” Billy Preston on organ.
Where’s Paul? (That’s Klaus Voorman, the guy who designed the Revolver album cover, on bass.)
I’d rather listen to this song than Ringo’s cover of “Act Naturally” but it does point to how maybe The Beatles wouldn’t have always made great records if they’d managed to stick together like The Rolling Stones did.
Who cares? Ringo is awesome. I don’t know enough about drumming to understand what people mean when they talk about how Ringo wasn’t a “great” drummer.
Ringo narrates the weird but wonderful 1971 Harry Nilsson animated film The Point. When they released it in the USA I think they replaced Ringo with Alan Thicke! Look, you can watch the Ringo version RIGHT HERE.
- thematthewbriancohen said: Anyone who says Ringo wasn’t a great drummer is out of their mind. While it’s true there are more technically intricate drummers out there, Ringo was a very inventive, very rhythmically interesting player.
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