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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Young actor who played Ringo in TV movie mysteriously dies aged just 38

Kristian Ealey, known for acting in two British soap operas set in Liverpool, has passed away at age 38. Kristian also played Ringo Starr in the TV film In His Life: The John Lennon Story. He was also a keen musician and was a member of Liverpool based band Tramp Attack. The exact cause of Kris' death is unknown.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
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Monday, May 2, 2016
Remo Belli, pioneer of synthetic drumheads, dead at 88

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California. A 20-inch Remo drumhead was seen on Ringo Starr's Ludwig kit when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach 35 years ago today

They met when Ringo Starr was well past the height of fame, and then struggled through years of dependency. But Barbara Bach's unlikely pairing with the former Beatles star endures to this day, despite their early struggles. They were married in a civil ceremony, rather than a splashy gala, on April 27, 1981, in London.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ringo Starr went to primetime variety special hell 38 years ago today

Ringo Starr appeared in a celebrity-laden primetime special on NBC called Ringo on April 26, 1978, playing himself and fictional half-brother "Ognir Rrats." The show, including a special appearance by George Harrison, was a campy, corny, indifferently acted embarrassment which finished near the bottom of the ratings that week.

Source: A.V. Club
Monday, April 25, 2016
Who's older than who? Surprising photo of Ringo and Jason together

Ringo Starr was photographed with son Jason Starkey out shopping in Chelsea together this week, but his dad once again cut a sharp figure, making it hard to believe he's 75. The 48-year-old Jason does not seem to have benefited from the same age-defying gifts as his Beatle father, who has still managed to stave off the greys.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, April 22, 2016
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon mourn Prince

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and members of the Beatles family reacted today to the shocking news of the death of Prince. On Twitter, Paul recalled his personal friendship with the singer, Ringo also tweeted out some personal thoughts. But the person who appeared to be taking his death the hardest was Sean Ono Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr donating signed items to charity auction

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton are among the major pop and rock stars who have contributed signed and/or worn neck ties and other fashion accessories to an online auction to benefit a U.K. charity that raises awareness about cancers that specifically affect men. The auction runs through this Sunday on eBay.co.uk.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Monday, April 18, 2016
Ringo one of the top charitable celebrities in the UK

According the BBC today, Ringo Starr is one of the most generous celebrities in the UK. Starr raised more than 6m through an auction of Beatles memorabilia earlier this year. Elton John topped the list, having given away nearly 27m to charity in the last year, much of that given to his foundations in the US and UK.

Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Ringo Starr cancels gig over transgender law

Ringo Starr has cancelled an upcoming performance in North Carolina over the state's controversial transgender bathroom law. Starr is the latest entertainer, following Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams, to cancel a US gig over the controversial state legislation. "We need to take a stand against this hatred," Starr said.

Source: Sky News
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Video: Sir Ben Kingsley says two Beatles urged him to be a rock star

The Talk on CBS TV, Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley revealed how John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles encouraged him to be a pop star in his early career. It seems the producer of a show he was in was Brian Epstein, who introduced him to Lennon and Starr on opening night, and music publisher Dick James.

Source: Broadway World
Ringo Starr leads tributes to country musician Merle Haggard

Tributes are being paid to country music legend Merle Haggard after the musician passed away at the age of 79. Ringo Starr, who recorded a country and western-influenced album Beaucoups of Blues, added to the celeb tributes, writing, "God bless Merle Haggard peace and love to all his family. Merle was a hero of mine peace and love".

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Charlie Daniels to be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Association announced today that the legendary Charlie Daniels will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. Best known for his platinum-selling single The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Daniels also supported Ringo Starr on his country album Beaucoups of Blues.

Source: CNS News
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Ringo's place sold to fan who owns other former Beatles addresses

The childhood home of Ringo Starr sold today to Beatles fan Jackie Holmes, who already owns John Lennon's mum's former home, George Harrison's former Speke childhood home, and the home Cynthia Lennon once lived in. She plans to rent out Ringo's place to someone who loves the Fab Four almost as much as her.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Ringo Starr's childhood home sells for way more than expected

The old Liverpool home of Ringo Starr has smashed its asking price at auction, selling for 70,000 (about $99,000). The modest Victorian mid-terrace is where the Beatle moved with his mother Elsie Starkey when he was just three years old. Proceeds from the sale will be ploughed back into housing in the local area.

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Examiner
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Pictures: Ringo Starr's childhood home up for auction

The childhood home of Ringo Starr is up for auction. Ringo lived at 10 Admiral Grove until he was 21, and the two-bed Victorian terrace property was a regular haunt for the Fab Four in their younger days. The property still attracts fans daily as it is part of the official Beatles Tour. The house has a guide price of 55,000 (about $77,600).

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Ringo Starr's drumsticks featured in limited-edition art pieces

Several pairs of Ringo's used drum sticks, housed in beautifully framed and signed art pieces, are available through Donn Bennett's Donn's Drum Vault, the top drum shop and school in the Northwest. The art pieces include an actual pair of Ringo Starr's stage-used sticks, professionally framed with a photo of Ringo at the drums.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, March 21, 2016
Ringo Starr's Octopus Garden to be kid's TV show

Paris-headquartered Superprod has struck a deal to adapt Ringo Starr's Octopus Garden book as an animated TV series. Based on the hit song written and sung by Starr, the children's book brings the famous musician's lyrics to life with illustrations by Ben Cort, the artist behind bestselling children's book Aliens Love Underpants.

Source: Kid Screen
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Rock photographer's work on exhibit in Ventura

Rob Shanahan has earned a reputation in the world of professional photography as one of the most prolific photographers of legendary musicians and rock stars, including Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. A selection of Shanahan's photographs is on exhibit at in Old Town Camarillo, Ca., through March 31.

Source: Ventura County Star
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Vintage Video: Ringo Starr guest stars on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In

46 years ago this week, Ringo Starr was the guest star on NBC's Rowan and Martin's Laugh In. It was the first TV appearance by a Beatle during the time of their breakup. He was in the midst of promoting The Magic Christian, which may be the reason he refers to himself on the show as Peter Sellers, who was the co-star of the film.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Ringo Starr says he's a fan of James Bay

British singer James Bay has received the ultimate compliment from none other than Ringo Starr. Bay told interviewers on the Grammys red carpet he was pulled aside by the Beatles drummer who confessed he loved Bay and his songs. "'You, hey man I love you I love your music,' and I am like this is a huge deal, thank you," Bay said.

Source: Yahoo! News
Monday, February 15, 2016

Harry Styles
Ringo Starr's Twitter hacked by Harry Styles-hater

Ringo Starr's official Twitter account appeared to have been hacked earlier today, although the suspicious tweets were later deleted. BuzzFeedUK noticed that Starr retweeted a 2015 tweet disparaging the Beatles. Then, a tweet said rude things about Harry Styles, making some One Direction fans unhappy, and starting a Twitter firestorm.

Source: NY Daily News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Why Ringo rules

John Lennon reportedly said, "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles," but the Beatles would not have been the group we know today without Ringo Starr. When Ringo joined the Beatles, the chemical reaction of the combination of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Source: The Maine Edge
Thursday, January 28, 2016

New hope for Liverpool's historic Welsh Streets

New plans have been revealed by council chiefs to refurbish "a significant" number of homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets, which includes the home of Beatle Ringo Starr, and have been "in limbo" for years. The move follows a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to block the council's initial plans to demolish the historic homes.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Ringo Starr's Liverpool home to be auctioned at the Cavern Club

Number 10 Admiral Grove, in the Dingle, where Ringo Starr lived until he was 21, is up for auction. The two-up-two-down will go to the highest bidder at a special March auction at the Cavern Club with a guide price of 55,000 (about $78,340). Restrictions have been placed on the sale so the house cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.

Source: Liverpool Confidential
Monday, January 25, 2016
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band announce new 2016 tour dates

Ringo Starr announced today that he and his All-Starr Band will be out on the road again this summer all over America. The tour begins June 3 in Syracuse, New York, and will hit the East Coast, the South, the Midwest and the mountain states, concluding in July in California with shows in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Video: Fred Armisen is a master of Beatles impressions

Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen demonstrated his hyper-regional accent skills, a hallmark of his standup sets, doing all his best Beatles' voices in under a minute, including the evolution of Paul McCartney's very recognizable cadence, and Ringo's signature phrase "Peace and Love."

Source: USA Today
Monday, January 18, 2016
Skechers to open store in Liverpool

Top US shoe chain Skechers is to open in Liverpool ONE, one of Europe's leading retail and leisure destinations, set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Skechers, which is promoted in TV ads by Beatle Ringo Starr, will stock its full product range of athletics, dress, casual and work shoes for men, women and children.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Ringo Starr to appear in B.B. King documentary

B.B. King was one of the most influential and celebrated blues musicians of all time. His story is chronicled in American Masters: B.B. King: The Life of Riley, premiering on Friday, February 12. The show will include candid interviews with the man himself and fellow music contemporaries including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and others.

Source: Broadway World
Website giving away last year's Top 3 Beatles releases

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has expanded the trivia page on his web site to include a list of one of 9 amazing prizes. Fans can now win one of the Top 3 music releases for Beatles fans for 2015, Ringo Starr's "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's latest remasters "Tug Of War" and "Pipes Of Peace," and the "Beatles 1 (CD + DVD.)"

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie's life touched McCartney and Ringo, too

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono reacted quickly today to the news of David Bowie's death. "Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," McCartney wrote on Twitter. Also Ringo Starr, who appeared in Bowie's Ziggy Stardust film, wrote, "God bless David Bowie. Peace and love to all his family."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, January 4, 2016
He paid $44,000 for Ringo's drumhead, and sold it for $2 million

The very Beatles bass drumhead that was on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964 was the greatest piece in the collection of Russ Lease of Columbia, Md. He'd paid $44,000 for it in 1994, and on Nov. 7 last year, it went up for auction with an estimate of $800,000 to $1 million. It sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $2,125,000.

Related Articles  Source: The Washington Post
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Why is Ringo a step behind the other Fab Four statues?

Why is Ringo Starr one step behind the other Fab Four statues at Liverpool's Pier Head? The question has sparked a row among Beatles fans after a fan posted a pic of the statues on a local Facebook group, with some slamming the drummer but others leaping to his defence. The statues were unveiled by the Liverpool waterfront earlier this month.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, December 21, 2015
AMC presents Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

"Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert" from Madison Square Garden on AMC on Saturday night featured an array of mostly Lennon's solo works and some classic Beatle hits during the two and a half hour show. Paul McCartney sent a poignant video birthday message, and Ringo Starr taped a performance of "I'm The Greatest."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Welsh Streets regeneration go ahead in Liverpool

The regeneration of Liverpool's Welsh Streets is to continue after the Liverpool City Council ended its appeal against a government ruling in favor of the area's "Beatles heritage," wanting to avoid "protracted" legal action. Plans for the site in Dingle, which include Ringo Starr's birthplace, due to be refurbished, would also have seen 154 new homes built.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, December 7, 2015
Ringo Starr memorabilia: The ten most valuable items

The Just Collecting website has compiled a list of the ten most valuable pieces of music memorabilia from the career of former Beatle Ringo Starr. It includes Ringo's famous onyx ring, his Patek Philippe wristwatch, guitars gifted to him by George Harrison and John Lennon, and of course, his personal copy of the Beatles White Album.

Related Articles  Source: Just Collecting
Ringo Starr's personal White Album sells for world record $790,000

Ringo Starr's personal copy of the Beatles' The White Album, numbered No.0000001, sold for a world record $790,000 Saturday at the Julien's Live auction of items from Starr and wife Barbara Bach's estate. Starr's White Album carried a pre-auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, a number that was easily shattered during bidding.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr Barbara Bach auction brings $10 million

Overall the Ringo Starr Barbara Bach auction over the weekend brought in nearly $10 million according to a spokeswoman for Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills. The auction included some 1,300 items donated by Starr and Bach to generate funds for the Lotus Foundation, including a 1964 Rickenbacker electric guitar given to Ringo by John Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, December 4, 2015

Ringo Starr Tribute Concert album released today

Ringo Starr: The Lifetime of Peace & Love Tribute Concert, an album featuring highlights from a star-studded January 2014 event honoring the former Beatles drummer, was released today. The show included songs from Starr's solo career and his years with The Beatles performed by Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds and Ringo himself, among others.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Ringo Starr talks about upcoming White Album auction

More than 800 items from Ringo Starr's music career and the life he shares with wife Barbara Bach will be sold by Julien's Auctions, from vintage drum kits to his suit from A Hard Day's Night. His original mono U.K. edition of the White Album, stamped with a serial number A0000001 is expected to break auction records.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon 75 birthday concert announces additional artists

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award-winner John Fogerty and Spoon have been added to the star-filled lineup of artists taking part in Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, to be held at Madison Square Garden this Saturday. The event will also include special video appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr on his 35-year romance with wife Barbara Bach

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach have been together nearly 35 years, so what's their secret to marital bliss? As it turns out, it comes down to one of the Beatle's oft-quoted lyrics: Love is all you need. Ringo says, "There's no escape ... I think I love Barbara as much [today] as I did [when we met], and I'm beyond blessed that she loves me and we're still together."

Source: People
Ringo Starr admits he's a big Adele fan

In a new interview, Ringo Starr said that everyone has to listen to Adele's hit single "Hello," adding that there were so many emotional moments in her performance of the song, "It is fabulous," Ringo said. He also revealed that he listens to blues, country music, and all the big bands, adding, "I have always had a broad scope of what I listen to."

Source: Big News Network

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