Beatles exist because mandatory national service ended: Ringo Starr

May 5th, 2008 - 2:47 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 5 (IANS) Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr thinks the end of mandatory national service in Britain made it possible for the group to exist. reports that Starr claims the whole rock and pop explosion in the 60s happened because teens no longer had to join the army.

“We were the first generation that didn’t go into the army. I missed the call up by, like, 10 months, and so we were allowed, as these teenagers, not to be regimented and turn into these musicians,” he explained.

He also revealed that he was not a very good drummer when he started out.

He said: “The first band I was in, you were in if you had an instrument; it wasn’t a requirement to be able to play and I couldn’t play. I’d got this kit of drums, I had no sense of time. I was just hitting these things and going faster and faster… That’s how I started.”

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