If John Lennon would have really meant that, he would have kicked Ringo Starr already ages a go out of the band.
Agreed. Ringo was a drummer with mediocre skills
So the most influential drummer ever has mediocre skills. Of course, just in my opinion, which happens to be shared by virtually everyone on the planet who does not post on this board.
For drummers, though, it is heresy to believe Ringo is anything but an Earthy manifestation of God, whose adulation is mandatory.
I think a cabbage could play drums with more passion and flair.
I respect their rights to hold them, even as they might ban me from the board for speaking mine.
So I respect him a lot for that. But I think a cabbage could play drums with more passion and flair.
Does one have to be great at their craft to be an influence? Ringo even with "mediocre" skills got a lot of young people to play the drums. Most of them may be better than he, but the point is he was an influence. My dad got me into fishing and sports by exposure only. The most he ever did in sports was be a manager of his College hockey team. I am a far better fisherman than he could have ever dreamed of being, but he was the major influence in getting me into those activities. Yes Ringo was the biggest influence on a ton of drummers even if he wasn't the best man behind the kit.