#61 Mar 28, 2012
Bernard Purdie recorded most of the drum parts for the Beatles. Ringo was usually relegated to the sidelines with a tambourine. Ringo was paid huge sums of money to cover up the secret. Had it been known in the sixties that he wasn't a real member of the group the Beatles careers would have been over. You have to remember, it was a very different time. The general public would not have accepted Purdie as a member of the group. For one, he didn't have a British accent. That would have destroyed the mystique. His name didn't fit as well either. Imagine Ed Sullivan introducing John, Paul, George and Bernard.
It's also a known fact that Pete Best was rehired in the late sixties to drum on Beatles recordings when Bernard Purdie was out with the flu. You can hear Pete's drumming on most of the Abbey Road LP. It was said that Ringo was furious when he found out that Best was back in the fold. In a fit of rage Ringo punched Pete in the eye and famously ranted, "You stupid, git! I'll ruin you!"
However, all was fine the next day when Ringo was invited back to sing on Octopuses Garden, a song actually written by George but credited to Ringo. This would insure Rings a sizable royalty check from the publishing for years to come. Frank Sinatra covered Octopuses Garden calling it "the greatest love song written for a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda."
All this can be read in The Beatles official biography by Brent Trentor to be published by Harper Collins in 2014.
#62 Mar 28, 2012
Bent Dick Trentor is about as full of crap as Bernard Purdie and Albert Goldman.Just because someone wrote it doesn't make it truth or fact.Don't believe all you read Bucky boy And you're wrong about Sinatra.It was the song Something by George Harrison and Sinatra called it the best love song ever wrote by Lennon and McCartney so you see Bent Dick Trentor is publishing rubbish Bucky.
#64 Aug 4, 2013
Bernie had so many credits, experiences and accomplishments, it matters NOT what he did NOT DO .. it only matters that I remember his talented artistry and cooperative nature whenever he was chosen to be hired to be our drummer in session! Thank you Bernie for what you DID .. not for what you did NOT DO!
#66 Oct 16, 2013
Lol. Someone doesn't know how to recognize satire when they see it.
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