The Stones started out as a singles band, and the chronology here neatly traces their rapid growth from blues apers to snarly originalists, an evolution matched in scope and speed only by that of the Fab Four. For bonus points, compare the early singles here with the Animals and Manfred Mann tracks on the same charts — fellow UK acts started out as musical contemporaries in 1964 but could not begin to match the Beatles or the Stones’ growth; a year later they had been left in the musical dust. Drums- I would rate Ringo and Charlie just about even. They were both highly sought after drummers by both of their bands. I will point out that neither band went anywhere until these two were cemented into the back line. Ringo was flashier but not to where he would stick out. Charlie wasn’t flashy at all. Just a steady beat that held the band together.
I saw Ringo live once and the Stones live five times. They are both spot on and keep perfect timing. Charlie rarely solos. Honky Tonk Women showcases his drums. Ringo soloed on The End and does a spectacular job. Charlie on Get Off of My Cloud. Bass- This is harder to compare. Bill was more rhythmic and Paul was more melodic in their playing. Paul had to sing while he played which is really hard if you are a bass player. Bill only sang occasionally so had more free rein. Bill could really thump away when he played like on I Wanna Be Your Man. Ironic – a Beatles tune. Paul could as well. I Saw Her Standing There is a prime example. I would rate these two even as well. They both play what is necessary for the song without over doing it like some Bass players do. A bass player helps the drummer keep the time and hold the band together.