There are still, amazingly, Ringo detractors. But his high placing in his poll-group is an indication of the love that drummers still have for the Fab Four’s tub thumper.
In case you need any reminding of how great a player he is, check out his playing on tracks like ‘Come Together’, ‘Rain’, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and more at MusicRadar’s round-up of Ringo’s 10 greatest beats. It’s worth reminding the naysayers that The Beatles actively sought out Ringo’s services after Pete Best left the group, as he was known to be a great drummer for his work with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Liverpool’s top show band. Not just a great drummer, his wry Scouse wit helped win over US audiences, while his performance on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years agoinspired a whole generation of great drummers to pick up sticks and buy a Ludwig kit.