Ringo Starr is a Beatle, a member of the most influential band in human history. But he’s also seen as a simple drummer, a man who kept time well and … that was kind of about it. But Starr’s legend as was the quartet’s goofiest (and luckiest) member has changed in the last several years.
“He was the guy the Beatles always wanted,” author Mark Lewisohn told the BBC in 2014. “He was everything [the band’s original drummer] Pete Best wasn’t … He was rock steady, he could play all the styles…. [His style] was sympathetic to everything they did … It brought an extra element to their songs that was in complete tune with what they were thinking.”
Starr, as this storyline gains traction, is finally getting the respect he deserves, and to help burnish his reputation, a drummer named Kye Smith paid the Beatle homage by covering 71 Beatles songs in a little more than five minutes, running the gamut from the band’s British Invasion era all the way through “Hey Jude.”
Smith ably showcases Starr’s ability to play all sorts of rhythms. Even Keith Richards, who was unimpressed with the songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, would have to give both men their due.
Awesome covers, especially the interpretation of “Yesterday” at the 1:33 mark. The only missing element was Starr’s joyous head rolling.
The genesis of Smith’s idea came, basically, at the beginning of his life, as he explained on Facebook.