Ringo Starr is synonymous with the drum brand Ludwig, and hearing him recount his first Ludwig is equal parts heartwarming and funny.
Starr told the story to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the video below, and talks about how as a young kid from Liverpool, he loved anything American. Big credit to then manager Brian Epstein for being willing to buy the kit for Starr, too.
And the rest, as they say, is history!
We caught up with 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Ringo Starr before the Induction Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, and he told us the story of his very first Ludwig drum kit - the same one he played for years as a member of The Beatles and is now on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniels. True story.