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Bernard Purdie claims he played drums on some Beatles songs

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    Bernard Purdie claims he played drums on some Beatles songs

  2. corinpills


    Nov 19, 2000
    Boston, MA
    He's been peddling that nonsense for years.
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  3. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    With due respect to Bernard: :poop:
  4. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    He's full of crap
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  5. OldDog52

    OldDog52 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    I think I said it in another thread about this claim.

    Watch a bunch of YouTube drummers covering Beatles songs & Ringo specifically. Even the best of them don’t nail it. Usually they’re painful to listen to.

    Ringo played. Period.
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  6. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    Ringo seems to get a lot of criticism for his drumming. It's not flashy, but seems perfectly respectable to me.

    I believe that Carol Kaye did all the bass on The White album, though?
  7. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    and got fired? :D:D:D:D

    :rollno::rollno::rollno: Well, drummers! :laugh::roflmao:

    Last edited: Nov 21, 2017
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  8. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Actually, Carol Kaye played all of Purdies parts on Revolver. She has logs that prove it.
  9. Total frogwash.
  10. ptg


    Mar 16, 2008
    I thought Ringo was...let's just say not a great drummer...and I am far far from a Beatles expert (casual fan) but it was my understanding that Paul used to clean up his work after the sessions were done. I'm sure a resident TB true Beatles expert can shine some light on this if anyone indeed did drumming other than Ringo.
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  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I would say that Bernard and Carol need to start a band together. But there isn't a venue big enough for both of their heads.
  12. I played Bass on some Beatle songs, and some Rolling Stones too, then I put on a Cream CD and played on some of their songs also. :rolleyes:
  13. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    Sig worthy!
  14. Admiral Akbar

    Admiral Akbar

    Mar 12, 2013
    New York
    Carol Kaye used to claim to be the bass player on some original Motown hits that have been always credited to James Jamerson, on an old version of her website.

    I don't remeber which tunes she claimed exactly, but I remember my eyes popping out when I read her site.

    Don't know if she still makes those claims today.
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  15. G-Dog


    Feb 12, 2016
    Musta been Purdie . . .
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  16. acmeseed

    acmeseed Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Mission Viejo, CA
    Give the old guy a break, that's what old men do, reminisce about their "accomplishments" Did I ever tell about the time I was in a plane and the pilot died? :)

    True story, I play in a church, we have a guy that plays congas that is not the sharpest tool in the shed. New drummer comes to play and is doing a great job, conga guy praises him for his playing, I say "yeah, he used to play with Eric Clapton" conga guy is not fazed, has this long distant look. Next week he shows up at rehearsal drooling all over the drummer because he played with Clapton, I guess he Googled it after he left.
  17. BadJazz

    BadJazz Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Eugene, Oregon
    He's rather infamous for taking credit when it isn't due. Like, the entire known and unknown universe knows it was Steve Gadd on Aja's title track. Your cut didn't make the grade so stop pretending you did.
  18. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Ringo's sloppy, barely-on-the-beat backbeat ('You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello' to name but one) was the ham-hock in the pot full of bland beans. IMO.

    All of those flavors combined into something quite tasty, but take that ham-hock out and I ain't eatin it.
  19. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    I've read multiple Beatles histories by authors I respect and by people who were there (Geoff Emerick, for example) and have never heard this claim. I've also read that there's no evidence for the "Ringo's not even the best drummer in the Beatles" comment ever being made by any other Beatle member.

    It is true that in the band's later years, as they were slowly dissolving, they all played different instruments. John played bass on several tracks, Paul played drums on several tracks (Ballad of John and Yoko comes to mind).

    I don't understand why Ringo gets short shrift. He was the drummer for one of the most popular bands in Britain (Rory Storm and the Hurricanes) before he joined the Beatles. This whole idea that he was somehow not a great drummer is BS in my opinion.
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