Even with the benefit of hindsight, Ringo is insisting it was the other three who got lucky:
"Within Liverpool, I was a lot more well know than them. Rory and the Hurricanes were big shots in the city. We had the suits. That was our claim to fame. The Beatles were lucky to get me. It wasn't just that I was a big shot; I was a cool drummer."This is all in an interview with Live magazine, and to be fair, Starr sounds like he was attempting to be playful. But, oh, it falls flat on the page:
We're the only two remaining Beatles, although he likes to think he's the only one. I actually think it's people on the outside who perceive Paul as thinking he's the only member left, when actually it's me. I am the last remaining Beatle.You know he must have been grinning when he said this, and yet written down it's impossible to imagine anything other than Starr clambering up the side of the Cunard Building, chest exposed, bellowing "I AM BEATLE".