And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #64: Ringo Starr v The Beatles

By | Published on Sunday 29 May 2011

Ringo Starr

Is this a beef? I don’t know. I just like publishing quotes from Ringo Starr. I mean, come on, he once made this impassioned plea to fans asking them not to send him any fanmail.

This week he’s been talking about The Beatles, which is reasonable, he having joined the band in 1962 and been a member throughout all their most successful years up until their split in 1970. Many would put that success down to the songwriting talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Ringo mainly puts it down to him agreeing to join the band.

Speaking to Live magazine he explained: “Within Liverpool, I was a lot more well know than them. [Starr’s then band] Rory And The Hurricanes were big shots in the city. We had the suits. That was our claim to fame. The Beatles were lucky to get me. It wasn’t just that I was a big shot; I was a cool drummer”.

Ringo now wants to return the favour by allowing Paul McCartney to join his current group, Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band. It seems McCartney is having none of it, so Starr has struck him off the list of official members of The Beatles.

He said: “Every time I ask him to tour with the All Starrs, he says he is too busy. We’re as close as we want to be. We’re the only two remaining Beatles, although he likes to think he’s the only one. I actually think it’s people on the outside who perceive Paul as thinking he’s the only member left, when actually it’s me. I am the last remaining Beatle”.