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The man behind Ringo's famous drum kit
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 04/23/08 2:15 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

William F. Ludwig II passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Anybody who has ever seen the Beatles perform will immediately know that name. William F. Ludwig II was the founder of the Ludwig Drum Company.

Ringo and William F. Ludwig II in 1964

It was a Ludwig drum kit that was placed on the stage for Ringo to play on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. So taken was Ringo with the Ludwig drums that after the show he asked Mr. Ludwig to make a custom set for him. Needless to say, after this, with the Ludwig name prominently displayed at every Beatles show, Ludwig drum sales went through the roof.

Here's more on the life and career of William F. Ludwig II.

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