This Is Why Ringo Starr Preferred To Play John Lennon’s Songs Over Paul McCartney’s

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Everyone has certain songs that they prefer over others. This was the case with Ringo Starr as he preferred to perform John Lennon’s songs over Paul McCartney’s songs. Following the Beatles’ split in 1970, McCartney, Lennon, and George Harrison all recruited Ringo to play on their solo material. However, he preferred playing for Lennon out of all of them.

In Lennon’s final TV interview in 1975, he talked about how happy he was to see Ringo’s success. “I’m most happy for Ringo’s success because it always went round that Ringo was dumb but he ain’t dumb. He just didn’t have that much writing ability and he wasn’t known for writing his own material.”

Ringo Starr preferred to play John Lennon’s songs

This Is Why Ringo Starr Preferred To Play John Lennon's Songs Over Paul McCartney's
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So, naturally, Ringo was caught between three different people who admired him and his talent but had beef with one another. In The Beatles’ Anthology, Ringo spoke out on the Lennon-McCartney partnership that so many Beatles fans are familiar with. More so, how that partnership began to fade and they would end up going their separate ways by the late ’60s. “By then it was Lennon or McCartney. It was up to about 80% separately written songs,” Ringo reveals.

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Because Ringo was so in-tune with each band member’s songs, he could tell who was behind each one. “I could tell which were John’s songs, I always preferred to play on them—they always had a bit more rock ‘n’ roll to them.” In fact, “Rain” is Ringo’s favorite Beatles song, written by Lennon.

More on the relationship between the band members

This Is Why Ringo Starr Preferred To Play John Lennon's Songs Over Paul McCartney's
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It certainly sounds like Ringo and Lennon had quite a great relationship when it came to personal life and also musical endeavors. “The four of us were great friends with a couple of side issues. And it was far out. So anyway, I didn’t know how to act. And then I got back to L.A., and I grieved, and then, of course, you always go through the grief,” Ringo says about the band’s ending.

Of course, we wish that the band didn’t have to part, but it’s likely for the best. Ringo still talks endearingly about his band members today.

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