Ringo Starr Shares His Favourite Beatles Song
Ringo Starr live in 2009 - DrSalvadoctopus / Youtube
What’s your favorite Beatles song? Ringo Starr definitely does have an answer for his – and it’s oddly a consistent choice for him.
The Beatles were slowly moving away from the pop format by 1966, as evidenced by the album Revolver and its immaculate track listing of experimental yet highly-regarded cuts. In the recording sessions for the said album would appear the cherished pick of Mr. Starkey, and it didn’t even make it to the album’s folds! The song “Paperback Writer” wasn’t included in the full-length album and was instead delegated as a release of a standalone single, which would be the B-side to Ringo’s top pick of all time, “Rain”.
“Rain” was quite different from previous songs done by the Fab Four, and showed the artistic growth of each individual member. For one, the ominous backward vocal fits the song really well, not to mention the remarkable instrumentation on the track.
In the biography of Paul McCartney titled Many Years From Now, Ringo disclosed to author Barry Miles that the song was his favorite recording of all the things he’s played throughout the band’s run. “I feel as though that was someone else playing,” Ringo said. “I was possessed!”
He continued: “I was into the snare and hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat. I think it’s the best out of all the records I’ve ever made.”
“Rain” was a testament to the band’s ability to create an amazing song when they weren’t subjected with too much outside opinion.