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  • Award Snub: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their solo careers in 1994, 1999, and 2004 respectively, in addition to The Beatles being inducted as a group in 1988. Ringo as a solo artist was not inducted for a long time, finally being awarded in 2015. Although even there, he was given the "Award for Musical Excellence," which is generally given to side men.
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  • Awesome Music: Ringo believes the drumming he did on the Beatles song "Rain" is the best he ever recorded, and it's hard to disagree with him (though his work on "She Said, She Said" and "A Day in the Life" stands out as well).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Right from the early days in Liverpool when he replaced Pete Best, resulting in brawls between Pete's many fangirls and those who preferred him. The argument now is more about his exact level of skill, since, depending on who you ask, he ranks anywhere from "the best and most influential drummer in music history" all the way down to "a fortunate no-talent who got scooped up by the other three at the last possible second because he was there."note 
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    • Musicologists and musicians tend to agree that Ringo was a good drummer, on the grounds of his mastery of subtle things like tempo and timbre control; he was constantly retuning and messing with his kit in order to get different sounds out of it, he always tailored his part for each song, and while drummers in popular culture are expected to be Crazy Awesome, Ringo disliked showing off. He only has one drum solo in the entire Beatles discography, on "The End", and even then he had to be persuaded to take it. The reason why the general public isn't unanimously agreed that he was a good drummer is that these are not the kind of drumming skills that impress non-musicians.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: Ringo can't open his mouth to say literally anything for the rest of his life without an entire generation hearing it as a Thomas the Tank Engine story.
  • Covered Up:
    • "The No-No Song", by Hoyt Axton originally.
    • From his Beatle days, "Act Naturally" (originally sung by Buck Owens) and "Boys" (a girl-group song by the Shirelles!).
    • Johnny Burnette's original of "You're Sixteen" was a big hit, but Ringo's version hit #1 and the song seems to be associated with him more these days.
  • Dork Age: The albums Ringo recorded between 1976 and 1983 sold poorly, were hated by critics, and are mostly ignored when putting together compilation albums.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "I'm the Greatest", which John Lennon wrote for Ringo's first solo album, contains the lyrics, "I looked in the mirror / I saw my wife and kids / And you know what they told me, I was great." It's adorable and upbeat until you read about how Ringo's marriage crashed and burned only a few years later.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Ringo was by far, the most popular Beatle in America. John once stated that he got more fanmail than the other three combined, and Marge Simpson used to have a crush on him.
  • Memetic Mutation: His infamous video in which he announces no more fan mail has done the rounds as a copypasta, as as inferring "I'm warning you with peace and love" as an Implied Death Threat.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Many fans adore him simply because he's not as mainstream as John and Paul, though he has his share of detractors. Other fans love him because he's easily the most humble and approachable of the group. John, Paul, and even George are these epic gods of rock, while Ringo is the sort of guy you'd like to hang out and have a beer with.


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