Ringo Starr

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Musical Excellence

Inducted in: 2015

Inducted by: Paul McCartney


Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
It Don't Come Easy (1971)
Photograph (1973)

Ringo Starr @ Wikipedia

Comments

135 comments so far (post your own)

Is there a reason why he is the only beatle not in it solo. I love ringo. I don't understand this.

Posted by chris on Friday, 12.8.06 @ 15:16pm


It might be because his solo stuff was terrible. Just a guess.

Posted by Kit on Friday, 12.8.06 @ 16:12pm


Ringo actually did have a string of pop-rock hits in the early-to-mid-70s that matched up with any of his ex-bandmates (even Paul), including one great album, "Ringo," 1973, which included contributions from all four Beatles, most of The Band, Clapton, a few of the Stones and Who - virtually anybody who was everybody at the time. Considering some of the people they've let in with virtually no credentials in "rock", they certainly ought to put Ringo in, too.

Posted by jayjay on Sunday, 03.4.07 @ 00:00am


Considering that he is a.) the drummer of THE most successful band of all time, and b.) still performing, I hardly see why he isn't inducted.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 17:07pm


yes, ringo should be inducted to the rock and roll hall of fame because as a beatle he belong to the best and most innovative band of all timel.

Posted by Francis G. Fellone on Sunday, 04.1.07 @ 11:17am


If he's already in with the Beatles, it makes no sense to say "Oh, he deserves in because he was in the Beatles."

His solo career gets none of the credit from his Beatles career. It either stands on its own merits or it doesn't. I happen to think it doesn't.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 04.10.07 @ 22:16pm


You are kidding? You vote yes for yoko and no to Ringo! You must be tonedeaf.

Posted by A.L. on Tuesday, 04.24.07 @ 00:52am


Considering all three other Beatles are in there, I'd do it just for that

Posted by MaulYoda on Monday, 09.10.07 @ 20:58pm


Why? The other three shouldn't be there either on their own.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 09.11.07 @ 09:21am


"It might be because his solo stuff was terrible. Just a guess."

Then why are John, Paul and George all in there on their own?

Posted by liam on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 08:01am


I think John deserves to be inducted solo, though he's a little overrated due to the circumstances of his death. I'm okay with Paul as he was one of the most popular figures in '70s music, although his stuff has aged terribly. George was an iffy pick; maybe if you give him extra credit for creating the benefit concert, which was pretty significant, but his solo work by itself really is not Hall material. Ringo, if inducted, would be one of the worst members of the Hall of Fame.

Hey, who is the worst member of the Hall of Fame anyway? I'd go with either Percy Sledge or Richie Valens. Ringo's probably more qualified than they are.

Posted by A-Killa on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 13:50pm


"Considering that he is a.) the drummer of THE most successful band of all time, and b.) still performing, I hardly see why he isn't inducted."

nah, mate. he stopped narrating Thomas the Tank yonks ago

Posted by liam on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 14:38pm


Don't feel sorry for Ringo.

He knows it don't come easy.

Posted by SG on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 23:46pm


His solo work is a cut below the other ex-Beatles... but his early- to mid-1970s albums were great power pop confections. There are worse acts in the Hall. I would vote him in. he is at certainly better than the Rascals or (even though I love Debbie Harry) Blondie.

Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Thursday, 11.29.07 @ 22:45pm


Considering that he is still playing--with his every-four-years-or-so All Starr band with contemporaries--and that his music is still popular after all these years (and that his solo music was much more successful than George Harrison's, may he rest in peace), I see no reason to not induct Ringo * (as he signed himself) as a soloist.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 16:39pm


"and that his music is still popular after all these years"

Where? Is there something going on in the U.S. that I am unaware of? I don't even see Ringo's CD's in the SHOPS now!

Posted by liam on Sunday, 01.13.08 @ 12:26pm


Actually, a couple of the USA major networks sent news teams to Liverpool last week to cover Ringo as he and the city celebrated some special honor. In fact, Ringo co-hosted a morning show here from Liverpool. Ringo is still loved in this country and he sells out everytime he tours here.

Posted by Frankie on Sunday, 01.13.08 @ 16:31pm


Yeah, thanks for telling me. But you see, Ringo is pretty much a nobody nowadays, and no-one "hip" goes to see his shows.

If he was inducted, I'd be sad, but not as sad as if, say, Bon Jovi were inducted.

Posted by liam on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 10:52am


But you see, Ringo is pretty much a nobody nowadays, and no-one "hip" goes to see his shows.

I think I understand where you are coming from, but Ringo will be 68 years old this year and I don't believe he needs or cares to be hip.
And I certainly don't think he will ever be a nobody. I wish I was a nobody like him.

If he was inducted, I'd be sad,

I don't think his solo work is Hall of Fame worthy, but why would you be sad?

Posted by Frankie on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 11:34am


9 straight flop studio albums does not help his cause

Posted by Joe on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 09:53am


They're hating on Ringo because of his nose. They have it in for those who aren't pretty enough.

His crappy solo work might also be a factor, but I'm not sure.

Posted by Tom on Wednesday, 07.9.08 @ 20:49pm


When did George Harrison get in?

Posted by / on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 13:58pm


George Harrison got in the RRHOF in 2004. Here' something interesting about Ringo. Back in 1988, MTV aired its first game show "Remote Control and Ken Ober played the video for Def Leppard's "Photograph" and asked the contestants "Which Beatle had a song with the same title as this Def Leppard song?" No one guessed Ringo. The three contestants guessed the other three Beatles before they got to Ringo. John Lennon was said first, McCartney second, and Harrison third. No one got any points.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 16:29pm


Anyone who thinks that Ringo's solo career merits Hall of Fame induction is either completely unfamiliar with it or utterly delusional. That said, i wouldn't put it past the hall to induct him.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 08.23.08 @ 19:19pm


Ringo Starr's solo stuff was definitely NOT RRHoF worthy. No one would perhaps ever have heard of him if he wasn't in The Beatles.

77% yes? Wake up people

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 17:53pm


Is this a joke? Ringo's solo stuff doesn't come close to being RRHoF worthy

Posted by Orange 'N Blue on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 16:11pm


Ringo is a STAR
The coolest of the BeaTles
His stuff is rock at its best...
YES to Ringo..

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 23:07pm


"The coolest of the Beatles?"

No way mrxyz. The coolest Beatle is George Harrison without a doubt.

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:59pm


Ringo is a fabulous musician and composer. He was the lynchpin that created The Beatles. Without him, or the others, they wouldn't have been so great. He was very important in his own right in his post-Beatles career. Quite often the Beatles in one way or another would contribute to each others' work, not all four at the same time, mind you...So, the other 3 Beatles got credit in the R&RHoF when Ringo was contributing to their work? Not fair.

I am thoroughly impressed by anyone who can multitask on the drums: each limb is doing something independant from the other AND he is singing at the same time. And furthermore, he's a left handed drummer, way cool. Not to mention all the other instruments he plays...Ringo's solo work is just as equal on its own merit as the other Beatles.

Thoughts of a music teacher....

Posted by Music Teach on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 21:49pm


ingo is a fabulous musician and composer. He was the lynchpin that created The Beatles. Without him, or the others, they wouldn't have been so great. He was very important in his own right in his post-Beatles career. Quite often the Beatles in one way or another would contribute to each others' work, not all four at the same time, mind you...So, the other 3 Beatles got credit in the R&RHoF when Ringo was contributing to their work? Not fair.

I am thoroughly impressed by anyone who can multitask on the drums: each limb is doing something independant from the other AND he is singing at the same time. And furthermore, he's a left handed drummer, way cool. Not to mention all the other instruments he plays...Ringo's solo work is just as equal on its own merit as the other Beatles.

Thoughts of a music teacher....

Posted by Music Teach on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 21:49pm


Ringo is a true Star!He has a unique style. It was a part of the BEATLES Sound..!
As a solo artist he dose rock perfect . In the true classic style.. His "all star" bands are GREAT..!!!
Yes to RINGO !!!!!!!!
The best of the Beatles when it comes to EGO and a man that sees the humor in t all..lol
Left handed drummer ..? Funny he plays right handed..

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 10.3.08 @ 22:23pm


Ringo's solo stuff is good, but there isn't much of it to really work with. He left behind a body of work but I'm not sure how much of the general public has heard it all. That being said, he really means far more to the Beatles sound than is recognized. More & more when I listen to the Beatles work from around "Help!" forward (roughly) it becomes clear that Ringo helped define what tracks stand out as harder-edged songs as opposed to the softer sides. The best case scenario I can describe is "She Said, She Said". I mentioned in an earlier post in the Beatles section of how I purchased this on vinyl first. Due to a happy quirk in fate either the speakers or the needle wearing down had the unintended effect of muting out the sounds of Ringo's cymbals when I playd the record later down the line. The effect on the song is unreal. It sounds more like Lennon is trying to conjour up Harrison's Indian theme w/out a sitar. It also let's the lyrics hang over the guitar riff/keyboard drone w/out any real impact. It became obvious to me when I heard it how much Ringo's cymbal slamming drove home the point on the lyrics. Since then I've gone back and tried to listen to the records that came later & tried to mentally remove Ringo's drumming. It's hard, but there are several tracks that demonstrate how much Ringo really meant to the sound.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 05:18am


Someone here stated that Ringo was the "lynchpin" that created the Beatles??? Ringo joined them after they were already a group (Pete Best was the original drummer...my understanding was he didn't have the "look"). He was a very good drummer and contributed a lot to the group...let me repeat that word..."group".

That being said, let's pretend that Ringo was never a member of the Beatles. I'm not sure his solo efforts would've warranted a recording contract, let alone a HOF induction. It really wasn't all that great. For solo induction, his work has to stand on its own, what he did with the Beatles has already been addressed. It was "okay", but that doesn't get anyone into the HOF (at least it shouldn't).

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 10:53am


I agree with you Gitar - the only problem with all this is Paul's induction. Not even his work with Wings was all that special.

Let's face it, the RnR HoF has nothing to do with who really was the best of the best. It hs to do with politics within this little circle of the industry.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 12:36pm


Thanks Dameon...I was going to mention that and forgot... Paul's was definitely yet another "brow-furrowing" induction. They could make me look old really fast...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 14:58pm


Meh. Say what you will, but I'd even stack "Fading In, Fading Out" against anything the Top 40 station across the hall from me is spewing out. I know, not much of a comparison, but I've made it nonetheless.

As I understand the story though, Ringo was asked to join the band because of his skill, not his look. The other three wanted to get rid of Pete because he was a wacker. Doesn't matter what kind of song it was, he was always hitting the drums the same way--banging away. They wanted Ringo because he could play to fit the song. He subsumed his ego and played to make the overall song sound good, not just himself. Would Pete have thought to use an Arabian bongo on "Don't Bother Me"? Well, maybe Ringo was just showing off a new toy, but it still made the song quite well. Whatever you may have to naysay about his solo stuff, he was a great band musician, because he sought to make the song sound great, not himself.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 10.4.08 @ 23:16pm


Philip...I've actually heard a couple of reasons...including yours...on why he was fired. I also heard that the other members didn't know why he was fired, but asked Brian Epstien to do it. As outspoken as John was, that surprised me a bit. Anyway, I will always give Ringo his due for what he contributed to the Beatles...he fit that band perfectly.

When his solo career kicked in, I was in my late teens/ early 20's and was more interested in Zeppelin and the likes. If a song didn't have a great guitar hook, I usually didn't pay any mind (being a player does that to you a bit). It was only later that I tried translating horn riffs into guitar.

But that's another story...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 10.5.08 @ 07:47am


Ringo is funny I like Him.!
Great music..!

Posted by tina on Wednesday, 10.15.08 @ 18:37pm


He ain't no "Starr" he's a poopy.

Posted by Zaqq on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 10:54am


Unlike you who must be a major star

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 11:29am


He ain't no "Starr" he's a poopy.

Posted by Zaqq on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 10:54am

Really I would not be surprised that one of his early drumsets is worth more than your house..!
Yes to RINGO STAR

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 12.7.08 @ 12:03pm


So All of the Beatles Martin included an NO RINGO.?
Wow go think that out,,??LOL

I like Ringo's Music better Than Pauls after the Beatles.
YES YES YES!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.4.09 @ 21:10pm


When the Beatles ended.. is when Ringo really began to Rock in his own Star light.. His ALL STAR BAND is just to many things.. LOL
Some great tunes have come from his band...I like his music even better than Pauls ..... I love the guys attitude .. It takes a special type of person to hang with Lennon and Paul with out going crazy... LOL...
Yes To RINGO...!!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 04.23.09 @ 20:57pm


I have listened to some of Ringo's post-Beatle work on his "Blast From Your Past" album, which is a compilation of his early hits.

Cover songs such as "You're Sixteen" and "Only You" are fine songs, even quite comparable to the original artists' versions.

Buck Owens, Carl Perkins et al. have been influential in his rockabilly songs with and after the Beatles.

And of course, Ringo's All-Starr Band concerts have been quite popular through the years.

Posted by Sterling on Tuesday, 06.2.09 @ 08:22am


Ringo Starr has no credibility. Most of the people here argueing for Ringo's induction seem to base this upon the fact that all the other Beatles have been inducted solo. That is perhaps the most idiotic reasoning for anyone's induction I've ever heard. Ringo wasn't even an original Beatle. Pete Best was fired simply because he wasn't like and Ringo was his replacement. In addition, what's all this nonsense about some dipshit claiming that "People have it against Ringo because he has a big nose." Yet another moronic statement. (In a 1964 poll, most fans said they liked Ringo best out of the 4. Hardly sounds like the actions of "large nose" bashing populace does it?). Finally, Ringo's solo career (which is what is taken into account when "solo" inductions take place) amounted mostly to the success of a single called "It Don't Come Easy" which wasn't even written by Ringo, but by George Harrison. In fact, had he not been in the Beatles, I'm doubtful that he would even have landed a recording contract.

Posted by O'Brien on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 11:03am


You bring up some good points O'Brien. However, I'll add that all of the other solo inductions for the Beatles were questionable. Especially Paul McCartney's. I find it very hard to believe that John, Paul and George's inductions weren't biased inductions based on what they did in the Beatles and not what they did as solo performers.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 11:12am




Ringo Starr has no credibility. Most of the people here argueing for Ringo's induction seem to base this upon the fact that all the other Beatles have been inducted solo. That is perhaps the most idiotic reasoning for anyone's induction I've ever heard. Ringo wasn't even an original Beatle. Pete Best was fired simply because he wasn't like and Ringo was his replacement. In addition, what's all this nonsense about some dipshit claiming that "People have it against Ringo because he has a big nose." Yet another moronic statement. (In a 1964 poll, most fans said they liked Ringo best out of the 4. Hardly sounds like the actions of "large nose" bashing populace does it?). Finally, Ringo's solo career (which is what is taken into account when "solo" inductions take place) amounted mostly to the success of a single called "It Don't Come Easy" which wasn't even written by Ringo, but by George Harrison. In fact, had he not been in the Beatles, I'm doubtful that he would even have landed a recording contract.

Posted by O'Brien on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 11:03am
LOL First of all Ringo's Solo career as far as "MUSIC" is much better than Pauls..His all star band is always HOT.. !!
The guy has created standard if the music industry "back beat.".
Like all the Beatles he is a good player with his own pocket that many try to copy...
Better drummers yes ? but Ringo is cool hot.. Not a lot of fancy fills but done his way.. always keeps ya guessing. YES!!!! to Ringo
I like leaders not followers in music.. RINGO LEADS

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 11:42am


I think just the fact that so many musicians have wanted to be a part of the all-star band just tells how important Ringo's solo career was. He even had as many top ten hits in the '70s as John and George combined if I'm not mistaken.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 12:21pm


Some of Ringo hits After the Beatles..


It Don't Come Easy",Back Off Boogaloo ,"I'm The Greatest,No No Song,"You're Sixteen" ,Photograph
Paul is Pop.. RINGO is ROCK!

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 20:41pm


Some of Ringo's solo records are criminally underrated. Ringo's Rotogravure, Ringo Rama, Vertical Man, Ringo the 4th, Goodnight Vienna, Time Takes Time, et. al. All high quality & influentual. Ringo definitely belongs in the RnRHoF.

Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 18:48pm


Yes even before Paul.. This guy is just to cool a real rocker !

YES YES YES

Posted by mtxyz on Monday, 08.17.09 @ 22:37pm


I would see Ringo before paul
YES

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 09.10.09 @ 23:25pm


I love Ringo and his contribution to the Beatles is clear. Also he did have some credible solo hits and the All Star Band is alot of fun. That said, the RnRHOF is based on solo cred. He is already recognized with The Beatles. His solo career while better than some people want to give him credit for is not great. Some very good records, even one or two great ones, but not a GREAT Catalogue.One great album, a couple of good ones and a handful of hits. He may be an influence as a drummer from his Beatles work but he is not an influence as a composer or a record maker. It is not the Hall of Very Good. If he got in I would be happy for him, but I do think there are many more deserving acts. What's more I doubt Ringo really cares. He's Ringo, I think he has a pretty good life and a lot of respect.

Posted by tc on Wednesday, 10.7.09 @ 23:40pm


some reasons to respect RINGO:

Ringo was the first true rock drummer to be seen on TV. All the Rock & Roll drummers featured with Elvis, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis were mostly R&B drummers that were making the transition from a swing drumming style of the 40's and 50's toward the louder and more "rocking" sound that is associated with "I Want To Hold Your Hand". They were dressed in tuxedos and suits and held the drumsticks in the "traditional" manner of military, orchestra, and jazz drummers. Ringo showed the world that power was needed to put the emphasis on the "rock" in Rock & Roll music, so he gripped both sticks like hammers and proceeded to build a foundation for rock music.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo changed the way drummers hold their sticks by making popular the "matched" grip of holding drumsticks. Nearly all drummers in the Western World prior to Ringo held their sticks in what is termed the "traditional" grip, with the left hand stick held like a chopstick. This grip was originally developed by military drummers to accomodate the angle of the drum when strapped over the shoulder. Ringo's grip changes the odd left hand to match the right hand, so that both sticks are held like a flyswatter. Rock drummers along with marching band and orchestral percussionists now mostly play with a "matched" grip, and drum companies have developed straps and accessories to accomodate them.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo started a trend of placing drummers on high risers so that they would be as visible as the other musicians. When Ringo appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, he immediately caught the attention of thousands of "drummers to be" by towering over the other three Beatles. Elvis's drummer was looking at a collection of backs.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



These same "wannabe" drummers also noticed that Ringo was playing Ludwig drums and they immediately went out and bought thousands of these drumsets, thus establishing Ludwig as the definitive name in Rock & Roll drums at that time.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo changed the sound of recorded drums. About the time of Rubber Soul (released Dec. 6,1965), the sound of the drumset started to become more distinct. Along with help from the engineers at Abbey Road studios, Ringo popularized a new sound for the drums by tuning them lower, deadening the tonal ring with muffling materials, and making them sound "closer" by putting a microphone on each drum.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo has nearly perfect tempo. This allowed the Beatles to record a song 50 or 60 times, and then be able to edit together different parts of numerous takes of the same song for the best possible version. Today an electronic metronome is used for the same purpose, but the Beatles had to depend on Ringo to keep the tempo consistant throughout the dozens of takes of the songs that you know and love so well. Had he not had this ability, the Beatles recordings would sound completely different today.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo's "feel" for the beat serves as a standard for pop-rock record producers and drummers alike. It is relaxed, but never dragging. Solid, yet always breathing. And yes, there is a great amount of musical taste in his decisions of what to play and when to play it. In most recording sessions, the drummer's performance acts as a barometer for the rest of the musicians. The stylistic direction, dynamics, and emotions are filtered through the drummer. He is the catcher to whom the pitcher/songwriter is throwing. If the drumming doesn't feel good, the performance of any additional musicians is doomed from the start. The Beatles rarely if ever had this problem with Ringo.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo hated drum solos, which should win points with quite a few people. He only took one solo while with the Beatles. His eight measure solo appears during "The End" on the "B" side of Abbey Road. Some might say that it is not a great display of technical virtuosity, but they would be at least partially mistaken. You can set an electronic metronome to a perfect 126 beats per minute, then play it along with Ringo's solo and the two will stay exactly together.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo's ability to play odd time signatures helped to push popular songwriting into uncharted areas. Two examples are "All you Need is Love" in 7/4 time, and "Here Comes the Sun" with repeating 11/8, 4/4, and 7/8 passages in the chorus.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Ringo's proficiency in many differen styles such as two beat swing ("When I'm Sixty-Four"), ballads ("Something"), R&B ("Leave My Kitten Alone" and "Taxman") and country (the Rubber Soul album) helped the Beatles to explore many musical directions with ease. His pre-Beatle experience as a versatile and hard working nightclub musician served him well.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



The idea that Ringo was a lucky Johnny-on-the-spot-with-a-showbiz-stage-name is wrong. In fact, when Beatle producer George Martin expressed his unhappiness after the first session with original drummer Pete Best, the decision was made by Paul, George, and John to hire who they considered to be the best drummer in Liverpool - Ringo Starr. His personality was a bonus.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



The rumors that Ringo did not play on many of the Beatle songs because he was not good enough are also false. In fact, he played on every released Beatles recording (not including Anthology 1) that include drums except for the following: "Back In The USSR" and "Dear Prudence", on which Paul played drums due to Ringo temporarily quitting the band, "The Ballad of John and Yoko", again featuring Paul on drums because Ringo was off making a movie, and a 1962 release of "Love Me Do" featuring session drummer Andy White.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------



When the Beatles broke up and they were all trying to get away from each other, John Lennon chose Ringo to play drums on his first solo record. As John once said, "If I get a thing going Ringo knows where to go, just like that.." A great songwriter could ask no more of a drummer. Except maybe to smile and bob his head.

Posted by Lenmac on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 04:31am


When Ringo was with the Beatles, he was good at what he did, and that was to provide a backbeat to whatever they were doing, and he did it well. I think D.J. Fontana and Jerry Allison (among others) would argue that Ringo was the first "rock drummer" seen on television...that's two that I can think of off the top of my head who appeared years before Ringo did.

What we're talking about here is Ringo's solo career...which was average, at best. I didn't even think McCartney's induction was warranted. If that's the case, Ringo's induction would be "coat-tail", and nothing else....

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 06:50am


some reasons to respect RINGO:

etc., etc., etc.

Posted by Lenmac on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 04:31am
--------------------------------------------------
Great posting. I'll agree to disagree w/you regarding the true importance of drum risers, and I fall more in line w/Gitar regarding the importance of earlier rock drummers, but otherwise, you nailed the essence of Ringo.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 11.1.09 @ 10:38am


All this Ringo praise is fine - I like Ringo as well !

but let's keep things in perspective...

Remember it was George Harrison who wanted Ringo in & Pete Best out (George got a black eye over that !) - John & Paul were apparently happy enough with Pete Best...

MANY Liverpool Beatles fans MUCH preferred Pete Best....

plus Producers George Martin & Ron Richards did NOT initially rate Ringo very highly at first either....hence replacing him on "Love Me Do" (Album version) with session Drummer Andy White...

The Shadows Drummers Tony Meehan & later Brian Bennett...plus Johnny Kidd's Pirates & then Tornados Drummer Clem Cattini were BIG influences on all Beat Boom Drummers including Ringo !

Keith Moon of The Who was very influenced by Shadows drummer Tony Meehan's adventurous drumming style that anticipated the rock style of most Drummers...

Cozy Powell of Rainbow was influenced to become a Drummer....NOT by Ringo..but by hearing & watching Drummer Bobby Elliott of The Hollies !

Phil Collins of Genesis also sited Bobby Elliott rather than Ringo as his major Drumming influence too !

Dave Munden of The Tremeloes (who BEAT the
Beatles in auditions to that Decca Recording Contract !) was another very accomplished Drummer who stood out in those days...

Dave Clark's Drumkit was positioned both on a plyth above...and also in front with his band around him in the DC5....Clark was often derided by jealous fellow musicians...tho' Berry Gordy later admitted Clark's percussive style was copied on many Classic Motown records...indeed the Supremes covered several DC5 songs on their sixties albums !

So while Ringo was a influence...it's wrong to over credit him with doing "everything" to popularise Drummers in those Beat Boom Sixties days !

John Lennon even remarked Ringo was not even the best Drummer in The Beatles...!

Posted by Dave on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 03:18am


Dave, who wrote: 'Remember it was George Harrison who wanted Ringo in & Pete Best out (George got a black eye over that !) - John & Paul were apparently happy enough with Pete Best...'

I have heard that John & Paul also weren't too enamoured of Pete's popularity with the girls & casual fans (i.e. they thought it was Pete's band & would clamour for him).

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 06:22am


C'mon, people. It's Ringo Starr. Of course, he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If he dies first, the committee is going to hang their heads in shame. Didn't they learn anything when George Harrison died?
As far as the comment made by "liam" a while back, "Ringo is pretty much a nobody nowadays, and no-one "hip" goes to see his shows." It doesn't matter what people do "nowadays." A hall of fame is an historical institution not a flavor-of-the-month club.

Posted by CC on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 21:14pm



As far as the comment made by "liam" a while back, "Ringo is pretty much a nobody nowadays, and no-one "hip" goes to see his shows." It doesn't matter what people do "nowadays." A hall of fame is an historical institution not a flavor-of-the-month club.

Posted by CC on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 21:14pm That is to funny.... So all the folks that go see U2, Elton John or Maddona are hip huh...lol
Gee I thought the "Hip" people only go where everyone else don't go...Lots of Hip out there now adays.. I went and saw Mose Alison a few years back....There must of been a 100 of us non hip to hear him sing the truth....Most of the listerns were musicians, actors and artist...When hip is hip it just ain't hip....


Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 11.2.09 @ 22:15pm


sure, why not?

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 01.2.10 @ 23:56pm


Why not? Maybe because of this:

"Criteria include the influence and significance of the artist's contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll."

Can you see Ringo doing this in his SOLO career. Besides, the major reason to induct him seems to be because the other 3 Beatles are in solo. Such a reason isn't a reason

Posted by Bassmaster on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 07:46am


Ringo had a solo career????

Posted by Wagstaff on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 10:33am


Better than Paul..

Posted by vox on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 12:55pm


FROM DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Ringo Starr

All three other Beatles have made the Hall for their solo careers and so Ringo is the conspicuous absentee in that regard. He actually churned out as many Top Ten hits in the 70's (seven) as Lennon (4) and Harrison (3) combined, two of his which made #1, which is the same amount as John had in his entire solo career, so it's not as if Starr doesn't have some legitimate claim to getting a nod. His goofy image might not help his chances but don't ever underestimate voters love for anything Beatle-related.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

HE USED TO BE A 4 - Modest Accomplishments

Posted by ROY on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 15:11pm


I don't care if all the other Beatles are in solo. Inducting Ringo simply because all the other Beatles are in solo is easily the worst reason for induction ever

Posted by Gerhard on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 16:25pm


Actually, I believe Paul Newman is a far better actor than Ringo

Posted by Joker on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 13:28pm

Paul Newman is a uch beter actor than Ringo.. but Ringo is a good actor.. His music is real rock and roll Paul MC stuff After the BeaTles is boring..


YES TO RINGO..

Posted by vox on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 18:33pm


vox, you sound eerily like someone called mrxyz...

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 19:31pm


Ringo sux

Posted by Onomatopoeia on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 14:33pm


Love for the Beatles can only go so far. Personally, I think Ringo's solo career does merit induction, but I also really do understand all the naysayers' arguments. I feel Ringo's solo career is the '70's version of the Lovin' Spoonful. And the Spoonful are in. But I think all that Ringo needs is for one big act to name his solo stuff as being influential on them. Ringo's solo stuff was among the last of the good time rock'n'roll before the androgynously emotionless, robotic, automated new wave of the 80s. And then Nirvana came and all the other acts that had been around as long or longer but couldn't break through until Nirvana did.... which ushered in a new era of negative and stoic emotions as the paradigm for rock music. Now, mainstream rock music, even those whose lyrics are positive, are largely angry sounding with vocals that are at best stoic-sounding... look at Lifehouse's "You And Me"... a love song, but there's not really any emotion in the lead singer's voice.

But there are signs that a happier sounding rock band could break through soon. When Andrew W.K. hit big with "Party Hard", he was being called the "Savior Of Rock And Roll" because his punk inspired style was festive, despite the hard-edged guitar sound. And let's not forget Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend".... a song that shot straight to #1, from an album where the guiding principle for recording it was "Sound like you're having fun." The people are thirsty for rock music that rolls with the good times again. Andrew W.K.'s songwriting is crap, and Avril's album was a one-time experiment. Blink-182 tried to be that band, but their overall immaturity kept them from ever being taken too seriously. Bowling For Soup tries, but doesn't quite cut the mustard. One happy-sounding rock act that is any good and has the ethic will be humongous, even if only considered an anomaly. That will validate the solo work of Ringo Starr, imo. And if that one artist cites solo Ringo's songs as influential to them, Ringo could be as good as inducted.


My $0.02.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 17:55pm


FROM DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Ringo Starr

All three other Beatles have made the Hall for their solo careers and so Ringo is the conspicuous absentee in that regard. He actually churned out as many Top Ten hits in the 70's (seven) as Lennon (4) and Harrison (3) combined, two of his which made #1, which is the same amount as John had in his entire solo career, so it's not as if Starr doesn't have some legitimate claim to getting a nod. His goofy image might not help his chances but don't ever underestimate voters love for anything Beatle-related.

Qualifications: 5 - Worth Examining, But Will Often Fall Short

HE USED TO BE A 4 - Modest Accomplishments

Posted by ROY on Sunday, 01.3.10 @ 15:11pm

Posted by rebeat on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 23:26pm


Many drummers acknowledge Starr as an influence, including Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós,[46] Max Weinberg of the E Street Band, Danny Carey of Tool, Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel's band, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Eric Carr of Kiss, Phil Rudd of AC/DC, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Pedro Andreu of Heroes del Silencio and others.[45]

Posted by rebeat on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 23:53pm


Ringo's solo stuff was among the last of the good time rock'n'roll before the androgynously emotionless, robotic, automated new wave of the 80s. And then Nirvana came and all the other acts that had been around as long or longer but couldn't break through until Nirvana did.... which ushered in a new era of negative and stoic emotions as the paradigm for rock music. Now, mainstream rock music, even those whose lyrics are positive, are largely angry sounding with vocals that are at best stoic-sounding...

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 17:55pm
--------------------------------------------------
Androgynous... automated... robotic...

Yet this stuff was once referred to as "new romantic". It wasn't all robotic - listen to Tears for Fears "Songs from the Big Chair". Does "Head over Heels" sound robotic? How about the Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"? I imagine it depends upon how you perceive them when you are listening.

Nirvana ushered in an era of negativity & stoicism as the paradigm for modern rock? So in other words, you were the only one who took this stuff literally when it came out. Once again, how about Pearl Jam? Give a listen to the lyrics to "Alive", "Breath", even "Rearviewmirror" & "Corduroy", & you'll hear something far from negative. Besides, need I remind you this stuff is coming from... the Blues???!!!!!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 01.10.10 @ 06:07am


Many drummers acknowledge Starr as an influence, including Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes, Dave Grohl of Nirvana/Foo Fighters, Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós,[46] Max Weinberg of the E Street Band, Danny Carey of Tool, Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel's band, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Eric Carr of Kiss, Phil Rudd of AC/DC, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Pedro Andreu of Heroes del Silencio and others.[45]

Posted by rebeat on Saturday, 01.9.10 @ 23:53pm

Which is why he's in with The Beatles

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 01.10.10 @ 14:26pm


"Does "Head over Heels" sound robotic? How about the Psychedelic Furs "Love My Way"?" --Cheesecrop

Yes. Not so much "Head Over Heels," but "Hold Me Now" definitely. And "Love My Way" DEFINITELY sounds robotic... a robot on pot maybe, but a robot nonetheless.


"Nirvana ushered in an era of negativity & stoicism as the paradigm for modern rock? So in other words, you were the only one who took this stuff literally when it came out. Once again, how about Pearl Jam? Give a listen to the lyrics to "Alive", "Breath", even "Rearviewmirror" & "Corduroy", & you'll hear something far from negative."

You don't have to take it anyway to note that that's how he's singing and playing. Pearl Jam is just too depressing to listen to. Lyrics or not, Eddie Vedder always sounds sad or emotionless.

And blues isn't the ONLY place Rock'n'roll came from... country, folk, GOSPEL (which literally means "good news"), and swing (considered a kind of jazz) are all foundations and influences of rock'n'roll.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 01.11.10 @ 17:14pm


"Nirvana ushered in an era of negativity & stoicism as the paradigm for modern rock? So in other words, you were the only one who took this stuff literally when it came out. Once again, how about Pearl Jam? Give a listen to the lyrics to "Alive", "Breath", even "Rearviewmirror" & "Corduroy", & you'll hear something far from negative."

You don't have to take it anyway to note that that's how he's singing and playing. Pearl Jam is just too depressing to listen to. Lyrics or not, Eddie Vedder always sounds sad or emotionless.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 01.11.10 @ 17:14pm
--------------------------------------------------
I will simply say in regards to Vedder that we hear something different. There is in fact much emotion in Vedder's vocals. Either A: You simply cannot hear it; or B: You merely wish not to acknowledge it.

Let us not forget that long before Seattle, there were such cheerful souls as the Velvet Underground (who also featured emotionless, droning vocals), & Black Sabbath (a great group, but a downer nontheless), not to mention that pillar of sunshine, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". The doom & gloom crowd showed up long before grunge; the pot smoke may have made it a little harder to acknowledge, but it was there.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 01.11.10 @ 19:55pm


Doom and gloom in music has been around since long before the rock era, but my point was in rock'n'roll music, it didn't really become the dominant motif of rock music to where anything happy and upbeat can't really survive until Nirvana.

There's emotion in Vedder's voice, but it's all NEGATIVE emotion. Does he ever sound happy when he sings? Or even tongue-in-cheek (like John Lennon on "Crippled Inside")? When was the last time you'd swear Vedder was SMILING when he sang? That's what I'm saying people are thirsty for.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 16:47pm


Doom and gloom in music has been around since long before the rock era, but my point was in rock'n'roll music, it didn't really become the dominant motif of rock music to where anything happy and upbeat can't really survive until Nirvana.

There's emotion in Vedder's voice, but it's all NEGATIVE emotion. Does he ever sound happy when he sings? Or even tongue-in-cheek (like John Lennon on "Crippled Inside")? When was the last time you'd swear Vedder was SMILING when he sang? That's what I'm saying people are thirsty for.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 01.12.10 @ 16:47pm
--------------------------------------------------
True, I suppose. I would point out that outside of grunge, acts like Dave Matthews Band & Collective Soul had success w/styles that were not necessarily a downer. Urge Overkill had some minor success in 93-94. There were also lots of one-hit or two-hit acts that didn't necessarily wallow in the depths of despair, though I'd agree w/you that they didn't last long enough to leave an impact beyond their hits. I'd also bring up the Darkness, who briefly had everything going their way in 2003.

If you can't handle the gloom & doom, just keep Elton John in mind: "Sad Songs Say So Much".

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 01.13.10 @ 18:49pm


Hey Cheese... never saw your response until now.

DMB, CS, UO, etc. weren't necessarily downers, but they weren't uppers either... they were eveners. Like the emotional purgatory of nothingness between heavenly rapture and hellish despair and pain. It doesn't really lift you up all that much... at least not to a point where you feel good. You may feel better, but not good.

Sad songs may say so much, but as Bobby Darin commanded, "Let Sadness see what Happy does, let Happy be where Sadness was."

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 03:00am


DMB, CS, UO, etc. weren't necessarily downers, but they weren't uppers either... they were eveners. Like the emotional purgatory of nothingness between heavenly rapture and hellish despair and pain. It doesn't really lift you up all that much... at least not to a point where you feel good. You may feel better, but not good.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 03:00am
--------------------------------------------------
uuummmmm... don't you think that's a tad heavy for the Ringo page?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 18:26pm


Maybe, but this has kind of welled up in me over time. I just really feel that what Ringo stood for is too important and too badly needed on a consistent level to keep ignoring. But that's just me.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 20:31pm


Maybe, but this has kind of welled up in me over time.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 20:31pm
--------------------------------------------------
Intriguing... you wish to be more like Ringo, but all that angst is making you sound a little too close to Vedder... (lol)

you wish to keep that "even flow" but you're finding "it don't come easy"

Another great rib-tickler! How DO I do it!!!

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 02.7.10 @ 15:55pm


Being around Vedders all the time will do that to you. But in the end, I still belt out the Ringo songs, not the Vedder. RINGO! WOO!

Posted by Philip on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 18:07pm


To funny Gee a Grammy show and he is now on the A list to funny should of been in before Paul..

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 02.9.10 @ 22:43pm


I didn't watch the Grammys. What show was this?

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 18:02pm




I didn't watch the Grammys. What show was this?

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 18:02pm

It was the Grammy show...2010 LOL

Posted by mrxzy on Friday, 02.12.10 @ 22:06pm


People, Ringo's work WITH The Beatles is NOT a criterion for his induction as a SOLO ARTIST!

Yes, his drumming was unique, even if he didn't always show the technical virtousity that he clearly had, just listen to "Can't Buy Me Love". He deserves to be in for that work and IS in for that work...as one of The Beatles!

But, solo....um..no. As much as I liked "Photograph" and "Back off Boogaloo" it was all very derivative of what he had done with The Beatles and what the other three were doing solo. It was very enjoyable but also very standard 'British rock' with nothing all that original or innovative.

He was the last Beatle to start writing songs, not to mention the least prolific and least gifted as a songwriter.

He could barely sing, even compared to John, and definitely "got by with MORE THAN a little help from his friends."

If he does get in solo, particularly if its before the Moody Blues get in, than I GIVE UP!

Posted by Mike on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 20:38pm


Great feel Know one plays like Him

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.31.10 @ 22:49pm


Ringo was the heart of the Beatles. He was responsible for alot of the humor and fun that the Fab Four are remembered for. He was a drumming sensation (well, especially for the Beatles and where they were from). He was the only "professional" that was ever let in the group (he was w/Rory Storm & The Hurricanes long before the Beatles). He has been the inspiration for many, many young drummers over the years. He had as many #1 hits in his solo career as John or George. He continues to tour w/his "All-Starr Band". Some of the folks and groups that have been let in already can't even come close to having the career that he has had. Paul even pleads, that Ringo deserves to be in the Hall.

This is not a Hall of Fame w/o Ringo Starr. He more than deserves and the RNR HOF should be ashamed.

Posted by Sgt Pepper on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 20:45pm


I will say it again... Better then Paul.. He is Rock

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 21:42pm


Beatles Songs Written/Co-Written by Ringo Starr

01. Eleanor Rigby
02. Don't Pass Me By
03. Octopus's Garden
04. What Goes On
05. Flying
06. Dig It
07. Taking a Trip to Carolina
08. 12-Bar Original
09. Los Paranoias
10. Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
11. Suzy Parker
12. Jessie's Dream
13. Free as a Bird
14. Jazz Piano Song
15. Maggie Mae
16. Real Love
17. Revolution 9

Ringo Starr Songs Written by Ringo Starr

01. You Can't Fight Lightning

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 08.25.10 @ 06:49am


I will give this a narrow "yes" vote. Actually, I can agree that he was probably the least prolific of the ex-Beatles (not counting Pete Best), but at the same time, his work does stand with a lot of those that are currentlyin the Hall. (Anyone heard Etta James on the radio lately? No? How about Bo Diddley? I do hear Ringo Starr's solo work occasionally.)

One other point, even though it relates to the Beatles (which should not be considered when evaluating his solo career for induction): For most of those of my generation (now mid-40s), the first Beatles song we ever heard was probably "Yellow Submarine" or "With a Little Help". I don't think it's too far a stretch to say that his work introduced children to the Beatles--which is quite an influence in and of itself.

And--the real reason I wanted to vote on Ringo Starr--if inducted, it will be influenced by Paul and (posthumously) George and John. So he will get in (ahem)...with a little help from his friends!

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 08.28.10 @ 12:27pm


His career certainly aint going so good, when was the last time he even charted?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 16:01pm


His last singles chart appearance was in 1992, when he made the Album Rock charts with "Weight Of The World." His albums have been in the Top 200 as recently as (I think) Liverpool 8, but I might be wrong. I know it's been within the last decade though.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 11.20.10 @ 16:26pm


Well, Ringo was the first Beatle to have a #1 hit after the breakup and several other Top 10 hits (including the #1s):

It Don't Come Easy
Photograph
You're Sixteen
No No Song

Top Ten:

Back Off Boogaloo
Only You (And You Alone)
Oh, My My

Played on the following artists albums:

Paul McCartney
John Lennon
George Harrison
Jackie Lomax
Peter Frampton
The Who
Bob Dylan
Tom Petty

And on top of all that, still remains active and tours with his All-Starr Band.

Whew!

Can most of the inductees say they've done as much as this for Rock & Roll? Not even close and that's not counting being the funny Beatle and the heart of that group, let alone the only professional musician in the Beatles when they became big.

Well deserved entry material for sure.

Posted by Sgt. Pepper on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 20:31pm


Sgt., as much as I support Ringo, he did not hit #1 first after the breakup... not even second.

George crossed that line first in '70 with "My Sweet Lord", and Paul after that in '71 with "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey."

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 21:35pm


"...as much as I support Ringo..."

Dear lord...

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 12.19.10 @ 22:41pm


His credentials aren't the strongest, but he would be far from the worst inductee they've had.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 06:35am


As great as those 70's stuff is commercially after some point in the 80's his albums stopped getting into the top 40's and some of his albums are actually not even sold anymore because they sold so bad. George harrison had more sucess aswell as the support of the critics, John lennon had crticial and commercial support and Paul is still selling out stadiums now.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 15:42pm


Yeah, but longevity isn't really a requirement either. I'd wager that Ringo Starr is at least as deserving as the Lovin' Spoonful. To compare him to his bandmates is a bit unfair, and even so, being the least of the Beatles is still better than being the best of a lot of other groups out there.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 16:02pm


Ringo is the only solo Beatle to have two consecutive singles go to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Photograph" hit #1 on November 24, 1973, followed by "You're Sixteen" on January 26,1974.
3

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 17:58pm


"but he would be far from the worst inductee they've had."

Actually, he wouldn't be that far at all from the worst. In fact, a very strong case could be made for him being the worst. "When a Man Loves a Woman" is at the very least an iconic soul ballad and has had more of an impact on music than Ringo's entire post-Beatles output.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 18:49pm


From a quality perspective, I think "When A Man Loves A Woman" is highly overrated, though I won't deny the impact its had. Still, Ringo as an artist is more deserving than Percy Sledge, and I would argue at least as deserving as the Lovin' Spoonful.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 18:57pm


"From a quality perspective, I think "When A Man Loves A Woman" is highly overrated"

Meh, I'd say that its pretty much as good as they say it is, but not any better or worse.

"Still, Ringo as an artist is more deserving than Percy Sledge, and I would argue at least as deserving as the Lovin' Spoonful."

So you can make arguments that Ringo is better than two of the worst acts in the Hall... that's not a good enough reason to support him. I accept that he MIGHT not be the worst, but that's about it. Besides that, at least Sledge and LS's careers stand on their own whereas Ringo's music wouldn't be known at all were it not for him being part of the Fab Four.

Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 19:14pm


I think it would have, but that's entirely a matter of "we'll never know". His solo career is perhaps the sterling example of fun rock'n'roll in the '70s. His Ringo and Goodnight Vienna albums are both really good, full of fun rock'n'roll that spreads joy to the listener. I know there are those who absolutely that quality in music, but I absolutely love it, I think it's an important thing to have and recognize.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 12.21.10 @ 07:09am


One other aspect of Ringo's career that nobody seems to cover: with "With a Little Help" and (especially) "Yellow Submarine", he introduced the Beatles--and possibly rock and roll itself--to children. (At least that's how I remember first hearing it.) Perhaps that's included in his career as a Beatle, but still...

Posted by Joe on Tuesday, 01.11.11 @ 16:27pm


1) That's considered more of a BAD thing with the powers that be.

2) That's with the Beatles, and NOT as a soloist.

3) Your definition of introducing rock and roll to kids happened first with Alvin And The Chipmunks in the early '60s.

4) Rock And Roll was largely in its origins a music of the youth culture... see: Bill Haley and Chuck Berry.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 01.11.11 @ 18:03pm


His credentials aren't the strongest, but he would be far from the worst inductee they've had.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.20.10 @ 06:35am

Personally, I wouldn't say "far from" but he definitely wouldn't be the worst. Anyway, I think Philip pretty much summarizes this entire page in addition to Ringo's situation with that comment.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 05:53am


I am 57 years old and I've seen a lot of Rock and Rollers in my days - the Beatles (and Ringo) were ground breaking in what they did in the 60's - Give me a break there are a few in the Hall of Fame I would not have chosen before Ringo!

Ringo is Ringo what else can be said - IMO he is just as equally talented as the rest of the Beatles, maybe in different ways. I believe that Ringo provided a solid foundation (lynch pin or corner stone), a sense of humor that lead to the success (staying together) of the beatles and a few of them later admitted this.

This is true about drummers in most cases with successful rock bands - look at The Who, Led Zeplin etc.!!! As someone mentioned in another post would The Beatles have been as successful without any single one of them and they each contributed at one time or another in one way or another to each others solo careers afterward - Ringo is sheer talent IMHO! He deserves what the rest already have, his place in history - does he need to die before this can happens?

Posted by roadrash1962 on Sunday, 02.27.11 @ 01:20am


I think this summarizes the story of Ringo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyuq-ofnPc

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.8.11 @ 07:24am


anyone who wants ringo into the hall of fame like this page. if a fb page can get betty white on snl it sure as hell can get ringo in the hall of fame

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ringo-Starr-deserves-to-be-inducted-into-the-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame/178956198819129

Posted by chriss on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 00:53am


Not counting his beatles career

Influence: Ringo was definetly an influence on many drummers, but his best drumming was with the Beatles. NO
Innovation: I'm not sure about this.
Commercial: After the first few great selling albums, his albums sold so little they don't even get into the top 200. NO

Posted by GFW on Friday, 05.20.11 @ 17:57pm


Ringo belongs there just for his influence on drummers. So many rock drummers credit Ringo as an influence.He is the most over exposed and under rated drummer ever. So many list him as an influence. All four Beatles belong here.

Posted by Pete on Sunday, 08.14.11 @ 19:30pm


Improving on my old one.

Influence: Ringo's solo career can be considered a minor influence I guess. 5
Innovation: None.
Commercial sucess: Ringo had a pretty good share of hits in the 70's. 10
Critical respect: None really, he was the one beatle who critics don't appreciate. 0

15, absolutely not.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 10.11.11 @ 13:43pm


I am shocked that Ringo is not in !,,,I find his all star band one of the hottest rockin bads out on the road an on the air,,!
His tunes are true ROCK an Roll... He is the eye of want by many drummers young an old,, He has kept rock rockin

Posted by HAPPY on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 21:34pm


I tell you one thing about Ringo, 'It Don't Come easy' is as good a song as any other Beatle ever put out solo.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 02.24.12 @ 07:23am


i guess an induction for ringo dont come easy... god im such a beatle nerd

Posted by Corey Rieman on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 11:47am


i think you should forget the fact that he was in the beatles. This is for his solo career, if he is inducted just cause he was a beatle, then it seems like he never accomplished anything. But look at him from '70-now, he tons of good singles, pop-rock ones and his commitment to music is amazing, hes worked with a lot of people and what other artist with much talent would tour at 71 instead of retire? Ringo.
Please put him in the rock n roll hall of fame

Posted by Anthony on Saturday, 02.25.12 @ 19:22pm


Nope. Not even close.

Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 02.26.12 @ 13:49pm


Lets start with the fact a)the Beatles activily sought out and recruited Ringo; b)each of the others chose to work with him on both theirs and his solo projects; c)7 of his first 8 singles were in the US top 10, with 6 in the Top 5; d)'92's Weight of the World hit 43 on the US Rock charts; e) ; f)and his last 7 albums are among his best though largely ignored (as are Pauls and Julians) by the US radio czars, with 4 charting in the the US top 100 - with 2010's Y Not peaking at #58! Pay attention Hall of Fame!!

Posted by ratio on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 08:35am


Lets have some fun here all you Ringo bashers…

Ringo Starr – Seven (7) Top Ten Singles - Ten (10) Top Forty Singles

Beastie Boys – One (1) Top Ten Single - Two (2) Top Forty Singles

Donovan - Four (4) Top Ten Singles - Eleven (11) Top Forty Singles

Laura Nyro - Zero (0) Top Ten Singles – Zero (0) Top Forty Singles - only One (1) song to ever hit the charts at #92 for two weeks!!

Posted by ratio on Thursday, 04.12.12 @ 08:57am


Double Wow
I can't believe he is not in!,
He sure keeps rock and real roll rocking!

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 04.22.12 @ 11:14am


Whether he gets in or not Ringo Starr was in something better,cooler, bigger, more influential, and way more exclusive. You dont need no hall of fame when your one of The Beatles.

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 06.9.12 @ 20:37pm


RINGO hasnt been inducted yet? and hes been eligible for what..almost 20 years! what the hell!

Posted by kyle on Thursday, 06.28.12 @ 17:53pm


pissed hes been considered, a lot more deserving acts that havent. like nina simone as early influence, or rush

Posted by Mikhail on Friday, 07.6.12 @ 07:22am


Ringo was and still is a terrible drummer. He isn't included in the top 100 drummers of all time. Ringo was lucky the Beatles even let him in the band after Peter Best was fired.
As for his solo career George Harrison wrote a few songs for Ringo but nothing that big.
Ringo is a no talent drummer period.

Posted by Joe Patel on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 22:35pm


Ringo will be dead in a couple of years (72) and even when he's dead he wont be in the rock and roll hall of fame as a solo act.

Posted by Joe Patel on Friday, 07.20.12 @ 22:40pm


My My Joe
Ring is rock steady drummer with a back beat that beats them alI...It takes true talent to play the drums right handed, when you are a south pole.. Also singing an drummim is hard to do ,
Yes he is the luckiest drummer in the world..
Ringo has feel you can't learn that..!
His solo career, is top of the bill ..Great tunes , great players, wonderful live shows!

Posted by Happy on Sunday, 07.22.12 @ 08:49am


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/early-ringo-starr-recordings-surface-after-50-years-20120904#ixzz25YEEmtxr

Early Ringo Starr Recordings Surface After 50 Years
Tapes from drummer's first band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, discovered in basement

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 17:36pm


He one of the greatest rockers living today

Posted by Happt on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 18:52pm


No he not.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 09.4.12 @ 19:19pm


No he not.

Posted by Dezmond on


Wow I find that a odd statement you can't be much greater than a Beatle...
He set the drumming tone for many drummers..Talk about influance.. Ask Ludwig Drum Company what he did for drum sales when the Beatles came to town... They could not keep up with the order$ off the chart$$$ That an Zildjian cymbal just could not make enough .... Everybody wanteed to sound like Ringo. .. Everybody wanted to be his baby,,
His All Star Band, has some of the best rockers out there..Just doesn't get much better..
From Rock to films Ringo has done it all..

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 09.5.12 @ 12:08pm


This is a Formal Request to have Ringo Starr added, and awarded an Individual Inductee to The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

PLEASE Help to correct this oversight, which by now must be very hurtful to Ringo Starr. Please help by putting this letter and related information into the hands of the person, or persons that can help in getting Ringo Starr awarded an individual inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

I'm VERY upset & concerned that somehow Ringo Starr has been over looked as an individual inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

My goodness, Ringo Starr and his all Star Band's have done wonders for not only Rock & Roll, but also in helping some Great old time Rock & Roller's who's careers had been really hurting & struggling(For example; Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Randy Bachman, Gary Brooker, Jack Bruce, Gary Wright, and many, many others). The point is that with Ringo’s help via his all star band, he was able to reach out to many struggling old time rock and rollers, and provided the help/support that was needed to keep their carriers going through some hard times.
How many others in the music industry have actually been in a position to reach out and help struggling rock and roll artists, and in doing so helped keep their music careers alive, and maybe even provided a little bit of a boost to some of their carriers?

Ringo Starr has done so much for Rock & Roll (Out-side of the Beatles), and he honestly deserves to be recognized for his individual accomplishments.

Here is a short list of just some of the individual things Ringo Starr has worked on, and helped support:

Studio albums

* Sentimental Journey (1970)
* Beaucoups of Blues (1970)
* Ringo (1973)
* Goodnight Vienna (1974)
* Ringo's Rotogravure (1976)
* Ringo the 4th (1977)
* Bad Boy (1978)
* Stop and Smell the Roses (1981)
* Old Wave (1983)
* Time Takes Time (1992)
* Vertical Man (1998)
* I Wanna Be Santa Claus (1999)
* Ringo Rama (2003)
* Choose Love (2005)
* Liverpool 8 (2008)
* Y Not (2010)
* Ringo 2012 (2012)

Filmography

* Music! (1971) (documentary)
* 200 Motels (1971)
* Blindman (1971)
* Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? (1972) (short subject)
* The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) (documentary)
* Born to Boogie (1972) (documentary) (also director)
* That'll Be the Day (1973)
* Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) (documentary)
* Son of Dracula (1974)
* Lisztomania (1975)
* The Day the Music Died (1977) (documentary)
* Sextette (1978)
* Ringo (1978) TV Movie
* The Last Waltz (1978) (documentary)
* The Kids Are Alright (1979) (documentary)
* Caveman (1981)
* The Cooler (1982) (short subject)
* Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
* Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (1984–1986) (Narrator)
* Water (1985) (Cameo)
* Alice in Wonderland (1985)
* Sun City/The Making of Sun City (1986) (documentary)
* Queen: The Magic Years (1987) (documentary)
* Walking After Midnight (1988) (documentary)
* The Return of Bruno (1988)
* Shining Time Station (1989) (Mr. Conductor)
* "The Simpsons" (1991)
* Concert for George (2003) (documentary)
* Oh My God (2009) (documentary)

Keep in-mind that most, if not all of the above listing of information has little to do (Or nothing at all) to do with the Beatles, so why in the world would Ringo Starr be left out of being given an individual inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

PLEASE do what ever is necessary to correct this over-sight, as I’m sure this over-sight has already deeply HURT Ringo Starr's feelings.

Shouldn’t Ringo Starr be able to live long enough to see and enjoy being awarded his individual inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and wouldn't it be an outright shame to have this opportunity slip away not only for Ringo, but also for the MILLIONS of fans he has all over the world that have watched, lived, loved him, his music, and his efforts in standing up proudly for PEACE and LOVE!

Thank You Very Much Ahead of Time for correcting this oversight.

Very Sincerely,
Bob J.

Posted by Bob J. on Tuesday, 09.18.12 @ 18:10pm


CARRY ON-CSNY

To sing the blues
You got to live the dues
And carry on

IT DON'T COME EASY-Ringo Starr

Got to pay dues if you wana sing the blues
And you know it don't come easy

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Wednesday, 01.23.13 @ 22:47pm


Monaco (AFP) - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined one of the art world's most exclusive clubs after being appointed a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters.

In Monaco where an exhibition featuring two of his paintings is taking place, the man who is considered one of the world's best drummers was handed the award Tuesday by France's ambassador Hugues Moret.

He joins a club that already features Chinese film director Wong Kar Wai, Scottish actor Sean Connery, singer David Bowie and the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

The award ceremony took place in front of the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, which is holding an exhibition that showcases the hidden passion for art of various famous people including Starr, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.

"I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing," the 73-year-old quipped while posing for photos in front of the museum, which coincidentally has on display an old, bright yellow submarine.

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 09.25.13 @ 22:20pm


Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote Snookeroo for Ringo Starr in 1975.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.16.14 @ 04:36am


Leave your comment:

Name:

Email:

Comments:


Security Question:

Which letter is Springsteen's band named after?
 

Note: Emails will not be visible or used in any way, but are required. Please keep comments relevant to the topic. Any content deemed inappropriate or offensive may be edited and/or deleted.

No HTML code is allowed.




This site is not affiliated with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.