Famous John Lennon quote that Beatles star never actually said

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

One of the most famous quotes attributed to John Lennon was never actually said by him.

At the height of their fame in the mid-1960s, the Beatles were the name on almost everyone's lips. The Fab Four member who caught more flack than the others, rather unfairly, was drummer Ringo Starr.

This is where one of the most famous misquotes of all time arises. John Lennon was known for his quick wit, and almost sarcastic responses to most questions from the media.

The story goes that when asked by a reporter whether Ringo was the best drummer in the world, Lennon reportedly responded: "he wasn’t even the best drummer in the Beatles."

Despite the high tensions at the time of the Fab Four's split, it seems unlikely John would disrespect his bandmate in this way, and that is because Lennon never actually said this.

The joke can be traced back to 1981, as pop culture journalist Tim Worthington discovered while listening to an old Radio 4 comedy series called Radio Active. He found the joke made by Philip Pope, who would later be known for his role in Spitting Image.

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