Kye Smith, a drummer based in Newcastle, Australia, recently hauled his drum kit to a nearby rooftop (an homage to The Beatles’ 1969 rooftop gig?) and started banging out a pretty wonderful tribute to Ringo Starr, playing drum parts from 71 Beatles songs in 5 quick minutes. Smith moves chronologically, playing the songs in the order they were released (not recorded). We start in 1962, move through 1969, and even momentarily visit 1995. On his Facebook page, Smith had this to say:
Way before I found out about punk rock or even knew what a snare drum was I spent my childhood playing vinyl records at my grandparents place spinning artists such as Slim Dusty, ELVIS PRESLEY and The Beatles.
This chronology called for some special treatment and got me out of the studio and onto the rooftop of The Great Northern Hotel – Newcastle, Australia for a pretty stunning view of Newcastle, New South Wales in the background.
Thanks to everyone at The Great Northern for letting me make some noise up there and to Eluminate for helping me shoot it and lug heaps of gear up 7 storeys of stairs!
Below the jump, you can find the list of songs that appear in the video, complete with corresponding time stamps. And keep in mind that Smith, as he mentions on Youtube, is “available for studio and live work and will be opening up some slots for drum lessons shortly.” Contact him here.
PS: If you can name one of the drum parts that was originally played by Paul McCartney, you get bonus points.
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0:13 – Please Please Me
0:17 – I Saw Her Standing There
0:20 – Do You Want to Know a Secret?
0:22 – From Me to You
0:24 – Thank You Girl
0:27 – She Loves You
0:30 – All My Loving
0:33 – I Want to Hold Your Hand
0:36 – Can’t Buy Me Love
0:40 – A Hard Day’s Night
0:43 – I Should Have Known Better
0:46 – If I Fell
0:52 – I’m Happy Just to Dance With You
0:55 – And I Love Her
0:59 – I’ll Cry Instead
1:01 – You Can’t Do That
1:04 – I Feel Fine
1:07 – She’s a Woman
1:10 – Eight Days a Week
1:13 – I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party
1:18 – Ticket to Ride
1:22 – Yes it Is
1:29 – Help!
1:33 – Yesterday
1:41 – Day Tripper
1:45 – We Can Work it Out
1:47 – Drive My Car
1:51 – Norwegian Wood
1:55 – Nowhere Man
2:01 – Michelle
2:03 – What Goes On
2:08 – Girl
2:10 – In My Life
2:41 – Strawberry Fields Forever
2:47 – Penny Lane
2:51 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2:56 – With a Little Help From My Friends
2:58 – Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
3:05 – A Day in the Life
3:11 – All You Need is Love
3:15 – Baby You’re a Rich Man
3:20 – Hello Goodbye
3:23 – I Am the Walrus
4:50 – Free as a Bird