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Drumming is My Madness

Recorded/Published: November 4, 1980
Recorded: November 4, 1980 and December 1-4, 1980.

Asked "Do you have any favorite drum tracks from your solo recordings?" by Billy Amendola of Modern Drummer magazine, Ringo Starr replied:

"Drumming Is My Madness" is one, because it was fun. It was Harry Nilsson, Jim Keltner, and I. For the Ringorama CD, we specifically made it sort of drum-prominent, and I sort of played some really good stuff. [laughs] Though I never practice, I do feel I'm getting better. It's just how it is. The more you do it, the more comfortable you are with it. I've been touring with the All-Starrs, I'm touring now with The Roundheads, I'm making records - I'm sort of back in the business. I'm playing more, so I'm more comfortable. But the feel I have - many of you have asked me about my feel - that just comes from God. I truly believe that my heartbeat keeps the tempo, because I naturally have great time, as you all noticed, and that's not blowing my own horn. I just have great time, and that's the rhythm of my heart and my soul.
Note: The song is on Ringo's Stop and Smell the Roses album, not Ringorama. The complete interview can be read by visiting the Modern Drummer website.

Credits:

Baritone Saxophone: Jim Gordon
Bass: Dennis Belfield
Drums: Jim Keltner
Drums: Ringo Starr
Engineer: Mike Hatcher
Engineer: Steve Stanley
Engineer: Kendal Stubbs
Engineer: Rick Riccio
Guitar: Fred Tackett
Guitar: Richie Zito
Guitar: Dennis Budimir
Piano: Jane Getz
Producer: Harry Nilsson
Songwriter: Harry Nilsson
Tenor Saxophone: Jerome Jumonville
Trombone: Bruce Paulson
Vocals: Ringo Starr

Lyrics:

Drumming is my hobby.
Drumming is a friend of mine.
Is it any wonder
You can call me "Thunder."
My friend's name is "Lightning," too ...

Albums:

Stop and Smell the Roses (CD)
Stop and Smell the Roses (LP)

Singles:

"Wrack My Brain" / "Drumming Is My Madness"

Other Recordings:

Artist: Clem/Eddy [Info]

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