I got to thinking ... George Martin told the Beatles Ringo wasn't good enough to play on "Love Me Do" and "P.S., I Love You", and pretty much fired him from the studio, so that these first singles were released with another drummer on them (Alan White?).
Then "Please Please Me" comes along, and everyone in the universe has commented on how absolutely fantastic Ringo's drumming is on that song (I agree with that too). From that point on he is drumming on every single recording (at least until they start fighting and breaking up at the very end).
So, after being "fired" from the studio, did Ringo go home and take some quick on-line courses in how to drum
? Or maybe, was George Martin wrong, and Ringo was just fine all along?
Or maybe is there something technical about "Love Me Do" and "P.S., I Love You" that make them difficult songs to drum to (I wouldn't have thought so, but I guess it is an explanation ...)?
Or maybe Ringo was too nervous on that first recording date, and played poorly? I haven't listened to the Anthology versions where he's drumming, but from what I remember, it really didn't stand out (to this non-drummer) as being bad
Or maybe ... ?
Are there any drummers on this forum who might have some insight into this? I'd hate to think that Yoda Martin might actually have made a mistake musically at some point in his career
Thanks in advance for anyone with insight or opinions!