It was fifty years ago today- August 22, 1968 -things must have gotten really bad during the recording of The White Album because Ringo Starr became the first to band member to quit The Beatles. Ringo walked out in the middle of a recording session at Abbey Road. After he left the band continued recording Back In The USSR with Paul taking over on drums. Ringo would remain away for a couple weeks. Of course no one outside of The Beatles circle knew about this development- it was kept hush-hush. The world didn’t know there was discord in Beatlesland. The end was approaching.
Ringo’s quote later on the situation. “I felt I wasn’t playing great, and I also felt that the other three were really happy and I was an outsider. I went to see John who had been living in my apartment in Montagu Square with Yoko since he moved out of Kenwood. I said, “I’m leaving the group because I’m not playing well and I feel unloved and out of it, and you three are really close.” And John said, “I thought it was you three!”
So then I went over to Paul ‘s and knocked on his door. I said the same thing: “I’m leaving the band. I feel you three guys are really close and I’m out of it.” And Paul said, “I thought it was you three!”