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Monday, May 4, 2009

The Nephew of the Worlds Greatest Drummer Pt.2

Beatles recording controversy
In the 1970s, Purdie made claims that Beatles manager Brian Epstein had, in the 1960s, enlisted him to overdub drum parts on twenty-one of "the first three" Beatles recordings. Purdie has also claimed, as reproduced in Max Weinberg's 1984 book The Big Beat, that "Ringo never played on anything...not the early stuff." This claim has never been substantiated by outside sources, at least in regard to his replacement of Starr drum parts on Beatles records of 1962 through 1964, approximately the time covered by the first three Beatles albums, depending on whether they are British or American releases. Sources, including Starr himself, as well as well documented published sources, have always identified Starr as the drummer on all Beatles records.[3] There are well-documented exceptions when Ringo had been unavailable, as on the April 14, 1969 session for "The Ballad of John and Yoko" where Paul McCartney handles the drumming duties in Starr's absence, or on the one and only time that he had been replaced, by session drummer Andy White for the band's third visit to Abbey Road Studios on September 11, 1962. Purdie's claim is not helped by the fact that whereas Epstein handled business decisions, his musical initiatives were always rebuffed by the band, Epstein therefore was unlikely to interfere with the province of producer George Martin and the Beatles themselves for fear of backlash.[citation needed]
Some[who?] have speculated that Purdie was the drummer hired by Atlantic Records to overdub the drumming of Pete Best on several tracks that the Beatles had recorded circa 1961 for Polydor in Hamburg as back-up band for singer Tony Sheridan. Polydor made these tracks available once the Beatles had achieved fame. Atlantic felt the need to add drumming overdubs on three tracks: "Ain't She Sweet", "Take Out Some Insurance on Me Baby", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". Atlantic also added guitar overdubs to "Take Out Some Insurance" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" and new Sheridan vocals to "Sweet Georgia Brown." In the case of the latter, the guitar was added on top of John Lennon and George Harrison. The reasons for Atlantic overdubbing these instruments have never been explained.

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