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RINGO STARR SEND “PEACE, LOVE AND CONTINUOUS SUPPORT” TO BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS

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Ringo Star has echoed the sentiment of his Beatles bandmate, Paul McCartney, by sending support to the protesters currently campaigning for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Now, reacting to the news, Paul McCartney has reflected on his efforts to fight for racial justice and has supported those currently lining the streets.

“It felt wrong. We said, ‘We’re not doing that!’ And the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense,” he said.

“I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before,” McCartney added.

“I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option.”

Now, joining forces with his old bandmate, Ringo has followed suit: “As my brother Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights & justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace & love ever since,” Starr tweeted while sharing McCartney’s statement.

“I send my peace love & continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world,” he added.

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RINGO STARR JOINS JUDY COLLINS’ CALL TO SING AMAZING GRACE

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Over the past two weeks, 1,000 singers from across the globe, professional and amateur alike, have answered Judy Collins’ call to sing “Amazing Grace” with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time. Moving messages have been posted about what Judy’s recording means to them, including a message from Ringo Starr.

Over the past two weeks, 1,000 singers from across the globe, professional and amateur alike, have answered Judy Collins’ call to sing “Amazing Grace” with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time. Moving messages have been posted about what Judy’s recording means to them, including a message from Ringo Starr Here.


RINGO STARR REVEALS HE OFTEN ASKED FELLOW GEORGE HARRISON FOR ADVICE WHEN MAKING MUSIC

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Ringo has claimed that he ‘didn’t have the talent’ to finish recording a song, so he would go to friend, and fellow Beatles member, George Harrison for help.
He reflected on his struggle to complete tracks in an interview with Rolling Stone radio on Thursday, when he made the surprising admission.
Ringo revealed: ‘I used to always go to George to help me end the song. I didn’t have the talent to end a song’.
‘I didn’t have the talent to end a song. With Back Off Boogaloo, I went to George and he helped me finish it.’

 

During his tenure in The Beatles, Ringo wrote two songs by himself: Don’t Pass Me By and Octopus’s Garden, the latter of which he asked George for help with, going on to talk about his more recent music, Ringo added: ‘I actually have one song that had like 40 verses, and I gave it to Harry Nilsson. He got it down to 11.’
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UNRELEASED PAUL MCCARTNEY, RINGO STARR DEMO SELLS FOR $9,900 AT AUCTION

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An unreleased demo tape of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s only jointly written duet sold for $9,900 at auction in the U.K. on Tuesday.
The track Angel in Disguise was recorded for Starr’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time but did not make the cut – with a cassette containing two versions of the song selling to an unnamed bidder after a sale at Omega Auctions in Cheshire, England.
The tape, which sold at less than half its top price estimate of $20,000, features McCartney on vocals on one track and another with Starr singing.
Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince owned the demo, which came into his possession after he was asked to find artists to record it as a cover. It sold as part of a collection of his music memorabilia.
Ahead of the sale, the auction house’s Paul Fairweather told British newspaper The Times the “track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album,” and added: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track. I am sure if Paul was to release this himself it would certainly prove a hit with fans.”
The two surviving members of The Beatles have collaborated on several songs in recent years but staff at Omega Auctions said it is thought that Angel in Disguise is the only song “co-written exclusively” by the duo without any other musician’s involvement.


ON THIS DAY: PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO REUNITED AT ERIC CLAPTON’s WEDDING

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It was 41 years ago today (May 19th, 1979) that a select group of party-goers witnessed the closest thing to a live Beatles reunion when Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr reunited to jam at Eric Clapton’s wedding reception at his English estate.

The impromptu performance marked the one-and-only time that the three former-Beatles had played in public together since the group’s final performance on the Apple Rooftop on January 30th, 1969, also on 3 January 1970, George, Paul and Ringo met at Abbey Road Studios to work on the track with producer George Martin.

Clapton had married Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd, and set up an outdoor stage for a mammoth jam session which featured the three ex-Beatles, a reformed Cream, the Rolling StonesMick Jagger and Bill Wyman, Elton John, David Bowie, and many more. John Lennon was living in the U.S. at the time, and was not present.

Although the three former “Fabs” also took part in a makeshift sing-a-long jam at Starr’s wedding in 1981, the Clapton wedding reception marks the only time that the former Beatles made music onstage in a somewhat professional manner.

Among the many songs reported to have been performed that day were the Beatles’ 1967 classic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”

The celebration included a stage set-up, where guests could take the stage and jam. Photo by Zak Starkey, it shows Zak (on guitar),Jim Capaldi on drums and #PaulMcCartney on bass (playing a right-handed bass guitar).


UNHEARD TRACK “ANGEL IN DISGUISE” IS SET TO RAISE £20k AT AUCTION TODAY

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The song called Angel In Disguise is one of only two tracks co-written exclusively by the remaining members of the Fab Four almost 30 years ago
The pair recorded the demo for Sir Ringo’s 1992 solo album Time Takes Time, but it did not make the final cut for the LP.

The song called Angel In Disguise is one of only two tracks co-written exclusively by the remaining members of the Fab Four almost 30 years ago.

The cassette is now being sold by former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince.

It’s expected to fetch up to £20,000 at Omega Auctions in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

A quarter of the money raised will be donated to the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.