In a recent interview, Ringo Starr reminds the Daily Mail’s Live Magazine that he’s still here and that he tasted fame before the Beatles did.
“We’re the only two remaining Beatles, although he likes to think he’s the only one,” Starr told the Daily Mail regarding Sir Paul McCartney.
He said that he does play fan favorites during shows because audiences deserve to hear them but it’s frustrating that people don’t want him to grow up from his role as the Beatles drummer.
Starr added that despite the common idea being that he was lucky to play with the Beatles, the Beatles were actually lucky to pull him from his popular group at the time, Rory And The Hurricanes.
“Within Liverpool I was a lot more well known than them,” he said. “Rory And The Hurricanes were big shots in the city. We had suits. That was our claim to fame. They were lucky to get me. It wasn’t just that I was a big shot, I was a cool drummer.”
Starr said he and Paul remain good friends and they still record on each other’s records, adding that they are “pals,” the last two left who experienced Beatlemania firsthand.
When asked if he was upset that McCartney was given knighthood and he wasn’t, Starr told the magazine,”Well. That’s up to them. It doesn’t grate with me. It doesn’t alter my life. People have tried campaigns, but it never goes anywhere. Maybe you should start one. What can I say? That’s why I called my last album Y Not. To all the questions like that, I just say, “Well, why not?” I thought I was cool, just using the letter Y.’
Starr also added that The Beatles’ records are still holding up and the remasters are great.
”—because you can hear the drums. The drums are up, brother,” he said.