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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rare John Lennon letter up for auction

A hand-written note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor circa 1969, referencing instructions for an unspecified concert is currently up for auction at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction that ends today, its current bid is $1000. Also in the auction, Ringo's Help! jacket currently stands at over $14,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Pictures: Ringo Starr's jacket from Beatles film Help!

The jacket Ringo Starr wore in the Beatles' 1965 film 'Help!' will be sold at auction this week. The auction house describes the jacket as a predominantly black wool and double-breasted suit coat with soft gray vertical line patterns, a label from tailor D.A. Millings & Sons marked "Ringo" is sewn on inside the inner right pocket.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Friday, July 17, 2015
Champion snowboarder Amy Purdy gets surprise gift from Ringo

Champion snowboarder Amy Purdy, who lost both of her legs at age 19 and then entered and won medals in three events in the USASA National Snowboarding Championship just three months later, told on a TV show yesterday how she bumped into Ringo Starr while in a jewelry store and the present he subsequently gave her.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Behind the Scenes: The Ludwig Drum Factory

The Charlotte Observer has posted a photo gallery showing the behind the scenes workings of The Ludwig Drum Factory in Monroe, NC. Among the artists using Ludwig drum kits are drummers Ringo Starr, Brian Hitt of REO Speedwagon, Jason Bonham, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick and Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz with Weird Al Yankovic.

Source: Charlotte Obsewrver
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Video: Behind the scenes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Paul McCartney's official web site has just posted a special behind-the-scenes video of Paul inducting Ringo into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in April at Cleveland's Public Hall and included Paul and Ringo performing I Wanna Be Your Man and With A Little Help From My Friends.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Ringo's jacket from 'Help!' tops rock memorabilia auction

The dapper double-breasted jacket that Ringo Starr wore in the 1965 Beatles movie Help! is going on the auction block. The black woolen jacket featured in the Beatles' second film will run July 16 through July 23. The jacket is among nearly 500 items for sale in a "Marvels of Modern Music" auction in Boston.

Related Articles  Source: Associated Press
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Video: New book claims Ringo Starr's wife saved his life

In the late 1970's, actress, model and Bond girl Barbara Bach became his Ringo Starr's wife and helped him get through John Lennon's murder in 1980. Ringo turned to alcohol and admits he was abusive to his wife. New York Post columnist Michael Seth said, "Barbara was smart enough to realize that this has to stop."

Source: Inside Edition
Ringo Starr says he will never write a book about his life

At his 75th birthday celebration in Hollywood, Ringo Starr was asked if he was planning ever to write a book. He said, "No, I do it on record. There's a track on the last album [Postcards from Paradise] that deals with my life in Liverpool, in Rory and The Hurricanes [his first group] and with the Beatles. That's how I'm doing it."

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono send birthday wishes to Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. Uploading a photo of herself and Starr to Twitter, Yoko Ono wrote, "Happy Birthday, Ringo! And Many, Many more. Let us count the ways how we love you... From an old acquaintance, yoko". Meanwhile, Paul McCartney sent three birthday wishes to Starr in total.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Ringo Starr's 10 most historic moments

Ringo Starr seldom sang with the Beatles, just 11 songs total, and, with only two songwriting credits, he didn't pen much either. But it's the way Starr drove others' musical conceptions, completing the Beatles' songs in a way as unusual (he's a left-handed drummer who plays a right-handed kit) as it was underrated.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ringo Starr turns 75 with help from his friends

Ringo Starr took to the stage in front of several hundred fans and a few dozen media at Capitol Records in Hollywood to lead a countdown at noon to his own utterance of "peace and love" that he'd invited fans around the world to join. On hand were Edgar Winter, Jim Keltner, Matt Sorum, Glen Ballard and producer Giles Martin.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 2, 2015
New details announced for Ringo Starr's 75th birthday in L.A. on Tuesday

There are new details about Ringo Starr's 75th birthday gathering this Tuesday at noon at the famous Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. On hand for the event will Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Marx, ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, lauded session drummer Jim Keltner, Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Happiness is a Ringo birthday blowout at Minneapolis record store

Ringo Starr turns 75 on July 7. To celebrate, both the Minneapolis and Duluth locations of the Electric Fetus record store are throwing birthday bashes to honor the lovable lad from Liverpool. Festivities will include 20 percent off all Beatles and Ringo Starr music and merchandise, plus rings, sunglasses, and "Ringo" style T-shirts.

Source: City Pages, Minneapolis
Monday, June 29, 2015
Ringo Starr gets his due in new book

In the first major biography of the "funny Beatle" in nearly a quarter century, Michael Seth Starr (no relation) charts the life and career of drummer Ringo Starr. The book "Ringo: With a Little Help" separates Starr's life into three parts, pre-Beatles, Beatles and Post-Beatles, and is filled with fascinating stories and quotes.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ringo Starr calls for peace and love on his birthday

Ringo Starr would like you to celebrate his birthday by thinking or saying "peace and love," like he has done every year since 2005. If you happen to be in Los Angeles that day, you can say it with him. Starr will give a peace-and-love salute on July 7 at noon Pacific Time in front of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles.

Related Articles  Source: KWTX TV
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Video: It's Official: Ringo Rocks

In a video tribute which was put together for the Hall of Fame salute to Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl, Stewart Copeland, Max Weinberg, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Jim Keltner and other famous rock drummers play drums like Ringo describe why his drumming was so special and like no other drummer.

WARNING: Includes Adult Content  Source: Sonic State
Friday, May 29, 2015
Ringo Starr says working with John Lennon was best experience

In the new Uncut magazine Ringo Starr talks about working with John Lennon on the "John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band" album, which he says was one of his best studio experiences. "It was incredible, John, Klaus [Voormann] and I. One of the finest trios I ever heard. We did it like a jam. We were psychic where the atmosphere was going to go."

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Most memorable Beatles-related appearances on David Letterman

When David Letterman moved from NBC to CBS in 1993, he brought life back to the Ed Sullivan Theater and the famed stage where The Beatles made their U.S. television debut back on February 9, 1964. During his 33-years on late night TV, Dave brought Ringo Starr on his show several times and Paul McCartney on his show once.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, May 4, 2015
May Pang to appear at opening of Lennon exhibit in Seattle

May Pang will appear in Seattle on May 9 for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. The exhibit features nine of May's photographic prints of John, taken during John's "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s. Pang will also be appearing at the International Beatles' week in Liverpool in August.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr sells his 13million Surrey home to Czech billionaire

Ringo Starr has just sold his luxurious Surrey home to a Czech billionaire for 13.5 million. Starr put 17th Century Rydinghurst on the market eight months ago because he's spending more time in L.A., the 200-acre estate was snapped up by property magnate Radovan Vitek, who already owns a palatial home in Belgravia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo rehearses with Paul in video from Rock Hall Induction ceremony

Ringo Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from his induction into the Rock Hall of Fame on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel. The footage includes Ringo running through his hit It Don't Come Easy and working out the arrangement of I Wanna Be Your Man with Paul.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Zak Starkey ignites the Who

Zak Starkey, who turns 50 in September, son of Ringo Starr, has now powered the Who even longer than Keith Moon, his godfather. The group's Tazmanian drum demon counted Ringo among his closest friends. Monday night in Austin, Texas, Moony was alive and quakin' in the maelstrom of Starkey.

Source: Austin Chronicle
Monday, April 20, 2015
Yoko Ono call Ringo Starr the most influential Beatle

Yoko Ono paid a surprising tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductee Ringo Starr last night. "No one is probably going to believe it but he was the most influential Beatle," Yoko said to Rolling Stone. "For some reason John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn't they think about Ringo?"

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
My name is Ringo and I play drums: Ringo's accepts Rock Hall award

Ringo Starr was applauded by a stellar array of friends, colleagues and admirers Saturday night when he took the stage at Cleveland's Public Hall to accept the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence from his former bandmate Paul McCartney. His entire acceptance speech is now on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo nailed it: Paul McCartney inducts Starr into Rock Hall of Fame

When it came to handing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence out to Ringo Starr, there was certainly no one more appropriate for the task than Paul McCartney. He bestowed ample praise upon his old mate, along with the award. You can now read his entire speech on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, April 17, 2015
Beatles piano sells for almost $100,000 at auction

The East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity's Veterans Build Program raised $98,888 on Friday by auctioning off a hand painted piano signed by Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Originally purchased for $100, it was restored, custom painted with a Beatles theme, and then trucked around to their gigs for the Beatles autographs.

Source: Nola Defender
5 Starr classics: Ringo's essential albums

John, Paul, George, Ringo. You'll usually find poor Richard Starkey's name at the bottom of the list. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose to honor him last. But, perhaps the best argument for reconsidering Ringo's place the rankings are his own post-Beatles albums, the most underrated of any of the Fab Four's solo works.

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Being Ringo: A Beatle's All-Starr life

After five decades, the happy-go-lucky sidekick in the greatest band of all time is finally getting his moment in the sun when he's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. "Paul said he's going to do the Hall of Fame speech," says Ringo. "I really think I'm doing it just to give Paul a night out. He likes to keep busy."

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Video: Ringo's new shoes

As reported here earlier. Ringo Starr is now the face of Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear. Ringo said, "I love to be relaxed. I don't know why people think because you're a well-known pop star that we relax differently. We don't." The first look at Ringo's new commercial for Skechers is now available streaming on the internet.

Source: Artist Direct
Monday, April 13, 2015
Ringo Starr didn't get over Beatles breakup for 20 years

Ringo Starr admitted in a new interview that he didn't get over the 1970 breakup of The Beatles for two decades, where he turned to alcohol in an attempt to make the pain of the breakup go away. "I was mad for 20 years," Ringo said, presumably meaning he went crazy. "I had breaks in between of not being."

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ringo Starr steps to the front as the last Beatle enshrined in Rock Hall

Ringo Starr is entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act on April 18. With a few notable exceptions, drummers usually are not that great as frontmen. "I was offered a job to be a bass player with Gerry and the Pacemakers,'' Starr said. "Standing in front? That sounds pretty cool. The only drawback is, I never played bass.''

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
Ringo's drums, clothes to be displayed in Rock Hall of Fame exhibit

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it will display memorabilia from each of its new inductees in an exhibit that will include a set of Ringo Starr's drums, used during the years from 1964 to 1968. Also on view will be the shirt Ringo wore on the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album that was released in 1974.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Video: Beatles' 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

The Beatles were inducted as a band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono accepted the honor. Mick Jagger inducted the band, Ringo then came to the mike to deliver a few jokes. George and Ringo later hit the stage with an all-star lineup to perform I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Cleveland.com
Friday, April 3, 2015
Ringo says he still misses his Beatles brothers

Former Beatle Ringo Starr says he still misses his "brothers" in the band. He said, "We proved everybody wrong that music is more important than a name. We made some great music and I am really proud of it to this day. I was in a band suddenly with three brothers. Yeah, I do miss the others, you can't not miss your brothers."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ringo Starr cancels Saskatchewan concert

Ringo Starr was scheduled to perform with his All-Starr Band in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Brandt Centre on Oct. 14. However, venue officials announced today that the concert has been cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts". Ringo's shows in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary are still on.

Source: CBC, Canada
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Video: How Ringo originally wrote new album on drums alone

Ringo Starr produced and recorded his new album, Postcards From Paradise, at his home studio in Los Angeles. In a new video interview, Starr discusses writing and recording the album, revealing he originally wrote all the album's tracks only by playing the drums before inviting other musicians to record their various parts.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
How signed piano made its Beatles connections

On Thursday, a piano signed by both surviving Beatles goes up for auction online, to raise money for veterans and their families. But without a little help from some friends in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the piano might not have survived the long and winding road between Ringo Starr's and Paul McCartney's separate tour stops.

Source: Tuscaloosa News, AL
Audio: New song from Todd Rundgren's next album

It's prolific year for Todd Rundgren. Already part of Ringo Starr's latest All-Starr Band, with playing and writing credits on the new Postcards From Paradise album, Rundgren will be releasing his 25th solo studio album, Global, on April 7, and will be touring to support it. A new song from that album, Rise, can now be heard online.

Source: Billboard
Friday, March 27, 2015
Audio: Bamboula is newest track released from Ringo's Postcards

Today, Ringo Starr premiered Bamboula, a standout track from his new album Postcards From Paradise on the Mojo website. It's an extrovert package, with accordion, Rhodes and brass conjuring a Pan-American street party vibe, and an exotic groove concocted in consort with arranger lyricist Van Dyke Parks.

Related Articles  Source: Mojo Magazine
Ringo Starr begins his Sentimental Journey 45 years ago today

After wild experiments with keyboards and soundscapes from George Harrison and John Lennon, Ringo Starr followed with his debut post-Beatles album that explored the pre-rock standards of his parents' generation. "I wondered, What shall I do with my life now that it's over?" Starr mused in Sentimental Journey's original liner notes.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Audio: Ringo Starr gets lovestruck in next song released from Postcards

Ringo Starr's 18th studio album "Postcards From Paradise" is out next week and features 11 new originals, including "Touch and Go," premiering on the web today. Starr wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Gary Burr. The song is an upbeat, three-and-a-half minute organ-driven number, where Starr sings about the fluttery feelings of new love.

Related Articles  Source: Wall Street Journal
Odds are 500-1 that next royal baby will be named Ringo

As Duchess Kate Middleton approaches her delivery date for the second royal baby, bettors are furiously placing wagers on what they will name the newest member of the British Royal Family. And if your guess is "Ringo," well, you could win a lot of money, if you're right, as British bookies are giving 500-1 odds that would happen.

Source: The Inquisitr

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