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Jul 7, 2010
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For many people, July 7 might be just another ordinary day. Not so if you’re Ringo Starr. [firstpara] Because if you’re Ringo Starr, well, it’s your birthday today!

 The Beatles drummer, born July 7, 1940 has just officially turned into a septuagenarian, which is a geeky term for “really, really old.” Or more specifically, 70 years old.


In those 70 years, Ringo Starr (whose real name is the less catchy Richard Starkey) has done a lot of good, not the least of which is his huge contributions to The Beatles.

Think he’s just another drummer relaxing in the background? Well, he’s not: Ringo is the voice behind some of The Beatles’ biggest hits including “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine.”

In the book The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia (2004) , it is said that Ringo Starr was really a hell of a drummer too. George Martin, the band’s producer in the 60s said that Starr has “tremendous feel,” and that he always “hit the right tempo for a song, and gave it that support—that rock-solid back-beat—that made the recording of all The Beatles' songs that much easier."

Starr was a left-handed drummer playing on a right-handed drum kit, which is a reason to be impressed right away. The drummer does admit that he’s “no good on technical things,” and because he’s left-handed, he can’t “roll around the drums.”

Sean Manning’s book, Rock and Roll Cagematch: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided (2008), also has an interesting snippet from John Lennon who was asked if he thought that Starr was the best drummer in the world. Lennon’s reply was “He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!," perhaps in a joking manner and added later that "Ringo's a damn good drummer. He always was a good drummer. He's not technically good, but I think Ringo's drumming is underrated the same way as Paul's bass playing is underrated.”

Our verdict: We love Starr. And not just because he’s got one of the most awesome names in the music industry ever.

You know who else we love? These seven other oldies-but-goodies rock stars who having been rocking our world, and continue to do so. Let’s start with two of our very own.

 

Next: Pinoy rock pioneers


WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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