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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Richland123, Nov 20, 2017.
Bernard Purdie claims he played drums on some Beatles songs
He's been peddling that nonsense for years.
With due respect to Bernard:
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He's full of crap
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.
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?
and got fired?
Actually, Carol Kaye played all of Purdies parts on Revolver. She has logs that prove it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Musta been Purdie . . .
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 ing all over the drummer because he played with Clapton, I guess he Googled it after he left.
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.
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.
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.