Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A tribute to Ringo

In a guest column for USA Today, drummer Dennis Diken of the Smithereens honors Ringo as a legend whose massive talent was hidden in plain sight (h/t: Ear Candy with Travis Hay).

Yet inexplicably, Starr's legacy is clouded by misconception and ignorance. Some say he was the luckiest guy on earth, a competent player who stepped into a million-dollar quartet. Why the bum rap? Was it because he didn't overplay and shunned solos? Or was it his unassuming, Everyman countenance?

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