Ringo Starr influenced drummers for generations as an integral part of the Beatles’ sound. He wasn’t a conspicuous player behind the kit, but it’s hard to deny Ringo’s impressive drumming skills. He has favorite Beatles records, songs and personal performances, but Ringo once said his favorite song was a little-known Ray Charles track.
Ringo has a favorite Beatles song and album
Ringo continues to tour with various iterations of his All Starr Band to promote his new solo work. Nonetheless, he will always be associated with his work with the Beatles. And when it comes to the performance of the Fab Four, Ringo has his favorites.
He once called the B-side song “Rain” a weird Beatles track because of its uniquely unique drum work. Despite this, he called the song his favorite Fab Four song for the same reason.
Ringo’s drumming on “Polythene Pam”, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and “The End” are among his best moments. Maybe that’s why he called abbey road‘s second side his favorite Beatles sequence.
But when it comes to Ringo’s favorite non-Beatles song, he once said an obscure Ray Charles song tops his list.
Ringo Starr once said his favorite song was Ray Charles’ Tell the Truth
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Ray Charles sent 75 songs onto the Billboard singles chart. These include 11 top 10 hits and #1 singles “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, “Georgia on My Mind” and “Hit the Road Jack”. Charles’ Tell the Truth never charted, but Ringo once voted it his favorite song.
“I love it, I love the live version. He just blew me away,” the drummer told CBC (via Far Out) in 2005 about Tell the Truth. Ringo also said that it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite song from the hundreds of tunes he’s loved over the years. “Honestly, it’s very unfair because there are so many songs. People say, “Write down your top 10.” I can’t. I can not do this. It’s a really broad spectrum of music that I love.”
At the time of the interview, Ringo’s favorite song was Tell the Truth. He may have changed his mind by now, but it’s not hard to see why the drummer has a soft spot for the live version of the song.
The live version of Tell the Truth is a song any drummer would love and clearly inspired Ringo’s playing
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Ringo and the Beatles found inspiration in the music of Ray Charles. The American icon showed his love for the Fab Four by covering several of their songs on the album Ray Charles sings The Beatles. Paul McCartney once said he knew Ringo was the perfect drummer for the Beatles when he nailed a tricky Ray Charles song the first time he sat in the band. The song wasn’t “Tell the Truth,” but it’s not hard to see why Ringo called that his favorite song.
Teagle Fleming’s work on the live cut has a complex beat that utilizes every piece of kit. The snare tom tom floor tom mix carries the beat early, but then Fleming uses the cymbal bell to carry things about a minute into the song. Ringo said “Rain” is a standout Beatles song for him. Comparing this song to “Tell the Truth” it’s not hard to hear the similarities between the two.
Ringo once said his favorite song was the Ray Charles tune Tell the Truth. Whether or not he truth be told, the song clearly inspired his playing.
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