How big was Ringo Starr's influence in The Beatles? Or to phrase it differently, how much of an impact did he have on their music?
We all know the impact of John Lennon and Paul McCartney after all the hit songs and groundbreaking songs they wrote. And most Beatles fans probably know about George Harrisons contributions as well (Something, and While my Guitar Gently Weeps to name two great songs).
Ringo was, however, mostly restricted to singing basic rockers (early Beatles), and wrote quite "goofy" songs, such as Octupus's Garden. Nothing bad about that, but it is quite different from the groundbreaking work of Lennon/McCartney, and to some extent, George Harrison.
On the other hand, a quick Google on "ringos influence in the beatles" gives a couple of hits:
The first one, an article from The Spectator, claims that
His rhythms were tight and infectious, shaping and shaped by guitars and voices: never obtrusive, always consistent. His thuds and whacks behind that bass drum helped create magnificence on nearly every track the Beatles recorded.
In the past two decades, nerdy concentration on precisely who wrote what, and which Beatle was most important, has often occluded a more basic truth: the Beatles were great only because of the greatness of four men composing and playing together. Without Starr in the mix, they would have sounded quite different, and probably not as wonderful.
The second one, an interview with Yoko Ono from Rolling Stone in which she claims that:
He was the most influential Beatle
But she doesn't really back it up with anything.
So, how much of an impact did Ringo have on The Beatles sound? Does anybody have any concrete examples?