We were saddened (and amused, in a guilty kind of way) to read today that English Heritage – the governmental body that decides on the preservation of historically important buildings in the UK – had decided that the birthplace of Ringo Starr isn’t culturally significant enough to preserve. Poor Ringo. He gets a bit of a raw deal, mainly because his musicianship and songwriting abilities both pale in comparison to his famous bandmates. However, the whole thing did get us thinking about comparatively useless members of otherwise decent bands. We round them up after the jump.
Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
Whatever you might think of The Beatles, at least Lennon, McCartney and Harrison were competent musicians and fine songwriters. As for Ringo, well, he was responsible for “Yellow Submarine.” On a brighter note, however, he did do a fine job with his voiceovers on Thomas The Tank Engine.