Cries and Whispers, Crashes and Flutters: 10 Favorite Beatles Musical Micro-Moments

By |2016-12-03T07:44:13-08:00November 27, 2013|1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, John Lennon, Lennon, McCartney, Paul McCartney, Ringo, Ringo Starr|

Recording "Real Love," 1994:Gut genius at work. DEVIN McKINNEY  •  We all know you can take the Beatles to the outer limit and upper extremity of significance—Best thing in universal history—and then narrow that unit to its subordinate but still-impressive absolutes:  Best miracle of the 20th century; best socio-cultural force of the 1960s; Best group of the “rock era.” Having accepted all of that, you can, and we all have, then go superlative in descending levels of specificity: Best album; best song; best vocal performance—John; best vocal performance—Paul; best bass playing; best guitar solo; best everything else. But have we [...]

All I’ve got is a photograph: Ringo snaps Miami fans

By |2014-12-30T21:28:59-08:00October 27, 2013|1964, fans, Ringo, Ringo Starr|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Courtesy of Joe Bonomo, writer, professor, rock fan, comes this item. Ringo took this shot of fans from the back of the Beatles' limousine. He doesn't remember for sure, but he believes it was in Miami Beach on the Beatles' first trip there, February 13-22, 1964. The article in the Miami Herald has some great quotes from local fans, some of whom remember the Beatles' visit, and poses a mini-mystery of the kind I love. Someone objects that, since the kids are wearing jackets, this can't be Miami. But the writers do their research and discover that, indeed, there [...]

Taxi cab

By |2015-01-05T21:43:40-08:00February 20, 2013|1960, Hamburg, Ringo Starr| Via Beatles fan Colin Fleming's FB feed: Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, "Brand New Cadillac." (Also of interest to Clash fans.) Is it Ringo?

Solo Beatles: Good stuff from this millenium?

By |2013-09-09T08:30:34-07:00January 28, 2013|George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, solo|

These CDs don't NEVER EVER sell. NANCY CARR • In the "Blue Sway" thread, Commenter J.R. remarked that he hasn't sought out Paul McCartney's work since 1999's Run Devil Run. Then I came across this blog post by Todd Pack, which reprints the "Do Not Never Ever Buy" list reproduced above. (It's from the Laurie's Planet of Sound music store in Chicago.) The list includes "60s/70s Artists CD's from the 80s/90s/2000s" as a category comprehensively to be avoided when buying CDs to resell. (This isn't a list of music the record store clerks snobbishly hate, a la "High Fidelity," but a list [...]

"’Rain’ blows me away"

By |2015-01-02T11:51:34-08:00April 9, 2012|1966, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr|

ED PARK • Devin's post about the drumming on "Dear Prudence" spurred me to look up Ringo's comments about his work on "Rain" (reprinted in William J. Dowlding's Beatlesongs): “My favorite piece of me is what I did on ‘Rain.’ I think I just played amazing. I was into the snare and high-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat . . . . I think it’s the best out of all the records I ever made. ‘Rain’ blows me [...]

Ringo singing at a party?

By |2014-07-03T19:45:43-07:00March 1, 2009|1970s, George Harrison, Ringo Starr|

"All right, I'll sing it for you...just this once." Help me, Dullbloggers, you're my only hope...I was speaking to someone last week who was at a party in the Seventies with Ringo Starr which devolved into a singalong. I seem to recall there being a Beatleg out there with Ringo, George, and a bunch of partygoers warbling "Yellow Submarine." Does anybody else remember that as well? I thought the track was on Artifacts III, but I looked on Bootlegzone and didn't see it. Did I dream it? Ringo singing Yellow Submarine…given Ringo's rowdy Seventies, how rare could that be? At [...]

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