Ringo Starr Explains Why Paul McCartney Is The Most Important Member Of The Beatles


The Beatles icon Ringo Starr revealed his thoughts on how the Beatles’ career would have been different without Paul McCartney’s presence as a leader and songwriter and explained the main reasons behind it during his recent interview with BBC Radio.

As you may know, The Beatles’ classic and most known line-up consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Lennon and McCartney also served as the band’s leaders and shaped The Beatles’ artistic and musical direction. It became the milestone band of the British Invasion to the United States pop market with their sale records and hitting the charts.

According to Ringo Starr, the band couldn’t have produced twelve studio albums, which received very positive reviews from fans and critics globally, if Paul McCartney hadn’t been a Beatles member. Starr explained the reason behind this prediction, saying that they were very lazy and would have only released two albums without him.

Also, The Beatles drummer recalled their creation process in his interview. He highlighted that Paul McCartney was a workaholic and always called to ask them to come to the studio. Therefore, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr were able to focus on writing, composing, and recording new songs. Starr added that even though they enjoyed working on the songs, sometimes it was a very tiring process due to McCartney’s never-ending work schedule.

In Starr’s words, he said:

“The other side of that is – I was telling someone the other day – if Paul hadn’t been in the band, we’d probably have made two albums because we were lazy buggers.

However, Paul’s a workaholic. John and I would be sitting in the garden taking in the color green from the tree, and the phone would ring, and we would know, ‘Hey lads, you want to come in? Let’s go in the studio!’

So I’ve told Paul this, he knows this story, we made three times more music than we ever would without him because he’s the workaholic and he loves to get going. Once we got there, we loved it, of course, but, ‘Oh no, not again!'”

You can listen to the interview below.