Ringo Starr Once Said He Could Watch Paul McCartney Play Piano for an Hour — ‘He’s So Great’

According to Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney was more than just a great songwriter. In the Disney+ series The Beatles: Get Back, The Beatles’ drummer mentioned that he could watch McCartney play the piano for an hour, saying that his bandmate was “great” at the instrument. 

Paul McCartney had many roles in The Beatles, including pianist

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney giving peace signs in front of a blue backdrop that says The Beatles in white lettering
Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney | Fred Duval/FilmMagic

The Beatles were a four-piece band from England composed of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. 

McCartney was a songwriter, vocalist, bass player, and even pianist for the band. His piano-playing skills were highlighted in behind-the-scenes footage released on Disney’s streaming platform.

Ringo Starr said Paul McCartney’s piano playing is ‘so great’

Thanks to the Disney+ documentary series The Beatles: Get Back, fans got to see The Beatles’ songwriting and rehearsal process. It wasn’t always smooth sailing, especially with a live performance less than a month away and still not a definite setlist or location. 

The Beatles members chatted about the impending deadline in the documentary footage.

“Every time we do anything, it’s always going to be the best,” Starr said. Meanwhile, Lennon brainstormed a setlist for their performance. And McCartney plucked away at the piano, practicing the group’s song “Let It Be.” 

Starr pointed at McCartney, saying, “See, I’d watch an hour of him just playing the piano ’cause he’s so great.”

Of course, McCartney did not host a solo piano recital. The Beatles eventually appeared in a rooftop concert at London’s Savile Row. There, they performed songs “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Get Back,” “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “One After 909,” and “Dig a Pony.”

Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney remained friends after The Beatles split

Starr and McCartney have recorded and released music as solo artists in the years since The Beatles disbanded. McCartney is even embarking on a 2022 tour. Still, the respect between these performers was mutual, and it has lasted to this day.

In another clip from The Beatles: Get Back, Starr was on the receiving end of the praise. McCartney called Starr a “bloody pro” for always being punctual.

And today the duo try to see each other in person as much as they can. Starr and McCartney even FaceTime regularly to stay in touch when they’re not in the same place. They’ve also continued to collaborate on music over the years outside of The Beatles.

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