- Ringo Starr keeps his eyes on John Lennon to spend time amongst screaming fans
- The Beatles’ Steady Climb to Fame
- When the band knew they’d hit it big
If you’ve seen footage of a Beatles concert, or if you were lucky enough to attend one yourself, you know that fan cheer/shouting was on a whole new level. In fact, the guttural fan sound was so loud, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr could hardly hear each other’s play. At least that’s what the star told Ellen DeGeneres in a 2015 interview. So the star, the drummer, had to get creative with how he stayed on the beat.
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DeGeneres asked Starr if she ever wondered during a Beatle show if the audience could hear her scream.
“Well, that was part of our lives,” he said. “And we could not hear us. So, you know, it’s like you came to see the Beatles and then Paul counted and then you screamed until we bowed out and left. But it was great. The atmosphere was just awesome.”
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The outcry at each show was so loud that the band members wondered if they were any better musicians. There is no talk of any solos or flourishes, the dholak just tried to stay on the beat amidst the noise.
“We were becoming really mediocre players, musicians,” Starr said. “I just had to have time. If I went to fill in, it was like silence, you know? Then I’d be watching Paul’s leg or John’s a** or, you know, ‘Where are we going? Huh?’ … but you know, it ended like this. And we made a conscious decision – we were going to be loose musicians – and so we decided, ‘We need to go to a studio and see what we really need have been found.’ And that’s where it started. And we got some great stuff.”
While the time in the studio helped the boys pay attention to their voices, it didn’t cut down on the audience’s shouting. Thankfully, for him, the star had “John’s a**” — “he’ll falter it,” he said.
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Starr also talked about the band’s rise to the top (before his audience was so… enthusiastic). The way he remembers things, the Beatles just kept on hitting new goals.
“At Liverpool, we were a club band,” he said. “And all of a sudden we did a theater, and that was like a move. And then we had a 45 record, ‘Love me do,’ and he was like, ‘Oh, we have a record!’ I mean, it was like unbelievable. And only in England will the BBC play it. We’ll know when they play it. It’s like 9:14 they play the record and we pull the car over – because we’re always in the same car Were — and listen to it on the radio. So it was a lot of stepping stones.”
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While the Beatles were excited by each of their new achievements, there was a moment that told them they were huge stars and that everything had changed. That was the moment America greeted him with open arms (and shouting more).
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“New York, America, was one of the top,” he said. “It was just incredible.”
DeGeneres said she remembers watching Starr and the rest of the Beatles The Ed Sullivan Show.
“And who knew when Ed Sullivan booked us? We didn’t know him, he didn’t know us,” Starr said. “But he saw the crowd. We had crowds in Europe, but not in America. And when we got to America, thanks to Murray the K and people like that, we had number one and we were big shots. ”