The Beatles: Ringo Starr was not allowed to play drums on band’s first single | Music | Entertainment

The Beatles recorded their first-ever single, Love Me Do, on September 4, 1962, with the band’s first drummer Pete Best taking part in the percussion instrument. The band’s supervisor, Brian Epstein, and their producer, Martin, determined Best wasn’t reduce out for the job, so removed him. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney tried to change him with Ringo Starr, however Martin and Epstein had different concepts.

On this present day, September 11, in 1962, Ringo arrived at EMI studios to file his first single with The Beatles solely to discover one other drummer in his spot.

Martin as soon as recalled: “On 11th September 1962, we finally got together to make their first record. The boys, meanwhile, had brought along a guy [Starr], and they said: ‘We’re going to get Ringo to play with us.'”

Unbeknownst to the band, Martin had employed session drummer Andy White to play drums on Love Me Do.

He went on: “I said: ‘We just spent good money and booked the best drummer in London. I’m not having your bloke in. I’ll find out about him later.'”

Martin added: “Poor Ringo was mortified and I felt sorry for him… so I gave him the maracas.”

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Starr later recalled on Anthology: “I went down to play. [Martin] didn’t like me either, so he called a drummer named Andy White, a professional session man, to play.

“I was devastated he had his doubts about me. I came down ready to roll and heard: ‘We’ve got a professional drummer.’

“He has apologised a number of instances since, had outdated George, nevertheless it was devastating – I hated the b****r for years.”

Starr later described the “horrible” moment he found another musician where he ought to have been while talking to The Beatles biographer Hunter Davies.

McCartney also commented about recording the band’s first single without their new drummer.

He said on Anthology: “George [Martin] acquired his means and Ringo didn’t drum on the first single. He solely performed tambourine.

“I don’t think Ringo ever got over that. He had to go back up to Liverpool and everyone asked: ‘How did it go in the Smoke [London]?’

“We’d say: ‘B-side’s good,’ however Ringo couldn’t admit to liking the a-side, not being on it.”

Starr was eventually given the credit for drumming on the band’s a-side, Love Me Do.

The track reached number 17 in the UK Singles Charts.

Harrison later described hearing Love Me Do on the radio as “the very best buzz of all time”.


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