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The Beatles were well and truly in their pomp by 1966 and had become an unstoppable force in the charts but, on a creative level, they began experimenting even further and pushing their artistic integrity to the fore. On the eternally adored album Revolver, the band kicked it up a notch and the album remains a high watermark even by their lofty standards.

The sessions in the studio from the time of the album’s creation would spurn the one recording which Ringo would classify as being the band’s magnum opus. However, the track would never even make it onto the album and, instead, become another classic non-album Beatles tune. ‘Paperback Writer’ was a different gem by The Beatles which, somehow, didn’t make it on to a full-length album and, instead, was released as a stand-alone release in May 1966. The track would act as the B-Side for Ringo’s favourite Beatles song, the best they ever created, ‘Rain’.

The track really does showcase the band on their A-game with a bass masterclass from Paul McCartney and a vocal performance of the highest calibre from John Lennon. To keep the experimentation going, the song even featured backwards vocals topped off with a rousing drumming performance from Ringo that creates a beautifully mesmerising result.

In Many Years From Now, the biography of McCartney, Ringo made the revelation to author Barry Miles stating it was his favourite recording of anything he’s played during the entirety of his career: “I feel as though that was someone else playing,” he said. “I was possessed!” It’s a remarkable idea and one which sees Ringo perhaps at his peak.

He then went on to detail what exactly he loved about it: “I was into the snare and hi-hat. I think it was the first time I used this trick of starting a break by hitting the hi-hat first instead of going directly to a drum off the hi-hat,” Ringo said. “I think it’s the best out of all the records I’ve ever made.”


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A slew of stars will celebrate the 85th birthday of rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis later this month.

Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Andy Grammer, Kris Kristofferson and Peyton Manning have just been added to the lineup of “Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years of The Killer.”

The virtual celebration, hosted by John Stamos, will premiere October 27 at 7 p.m. CT on Lewis’ official Facebook and YouTube pages.

Other participants include former President Bill Clinton, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Brenda Lee, Chris Isaak, Chris Janson, Drew Carey, Elton John, Freda Payne, Gavin DeGraw, Jacob Tolliver, James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Phillips, Jimmy Swaggart, Joe Walsh, Lee Ann Womack, Linda Gail Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart, Mickey Gilley, Mike Love, Nancy Wilson, Priscilla Presley, Randy Houser, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, Willie Nelson and Wink Martindale, plus the members of Lewis’ road band: Kenny Lovelace, Ray Gann and Kenny Aronoff.
Lewis, who turned 85 on September 29, will make several appearances, as well.

The show is a benefit for Christian humanitarian non-profit World Vision.

Lewis, known for formative rock ‘n’ roll songs such as “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire,” is one of two living members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s inaugural 1986 class.


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Earlier this month, Ringo celebrated his 80th birthday with his fans. He streamed a Big Birthday Show on his official YouTube channel, which included footage of him and his friends performing in recent years. And included was the latest Beatles reunion, when Ringo performed with Paul McCartney at one of the latter’s solo concerts in Los Angeles last year.

The footage of the two surviving Beatles performing Helter Skelter together at Dodger Stadium last summer featured at the end of Sir Ringo’s charity birthday show.

But now it’s no longer available on his YouTube channel.

However, for fans who missed The Beatles reunion and the rest of the show, Ringo has made it available again for one week only on an exclusive platform.

The 80-year-old wrote on his Instagram: “I want to thank @CEEKVR for supporting my charity & birthday broadcast – RINGO’S BIG BIRTHDAY SHOW.”

Paul told PA: “In 2019 when I finished touring in Los Angeles, Ringo got up on stage and we were doing Helter Skelter together.

“And he’s drumming away and I’m singing facing front because I was on the mic.

“But when I wasn’t on the mic, in the solo breaks and stuff, I really made a point of turning round and watching this guy drum.

“And I’m thinking, my god, you know the memories across this 10-yard gap here.” He added: “Him on the drums and me on the bass, the lifetime that’s going on here. So, you know, it’s a sort of magic. And he and I these days get quite emotional about it, because we should. We ought to. It’s a bl**dy emotional thing, the years. If nothing else.”


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Bonham and Keith Moon. Which of the two was the most reckless?
Ah, both. When I moved to Los Angeles in the 70s and the Led Zeppelins passed through the city, Bonham had this fixed nail so he had to take the car, come to my house, pick me up and throw me in the pool. And it really did. It could have been day or night, but he would come and throw me in the pool.

And Keith, he was a beautiful person, but we all took stuff and he was no exception. For my parents it was Uncle Keith and for a time he lived with us, more or less. It is thanks to the two of them if we drummers have the reputation of decerebrates. It’s not that all drummers are like that. The two of them did, and they were my friends.

There is this story according to which Keith Moon gave gifts to your children, only that he didn’t buy them …
He came to our house with a jukebox. We thanked him and some time later the invoice arrived. I remember a Christmas when he and his girlfriend arrived with gifts, he dressed as Santa and she as a snow queen. And even that time I got the bill. At the end I said: listen Keith, don’t buy me any more gifts, I can’t afford them!

When ask about  if he ever thought about the withdrawal, Ringo answered
“I’m glad you ask me this question. So I announce my withdrawal: it will take place in 10 years. In 2028 I give up everything. Actually, I never thought about retiring. This is what I love to do and I still have the opportunity to do.

The 50 years of each Beatles album are celebrated. In a little while, though, it will be half a century since the band broke up …
“For now I enjoy the remastering of the tracks. They have a modern, brighter sound and finally you can hear the drums ».


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Ringo Starr says The Beatles turned down a ‘crazy’ £200m reunion gig in 1976 because the bizarre warm-up act was a man wrestling a shark.
An 18ft Great White shark scuppered plans to for a £200million Beatles reunion show in 1976, according to Ringo.

Ringo said the iconic band was offered £50million – worth quadruple that in today’s money – to reunite five years after their breakup.

All four bandmates, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, discussed the offer from showman Bill Sargent, despite the recent acrimonious split.
But the producer planned to have a wrestling match between a man and a shark as the warm-up act, something which put off the Fab Four.
Ringo told The Sunday Mirror: ‘We did talk one time. There was a crazy offer out there. ‘We called each other to see what we think. We decided not to do it because the opening act was a guy biting a shark. So we thought no.’
Ringo was speaking ahead of an online concert with Paul McCartney.
And he believes if the other two were still alive, a reunion would have taken place.
He said: ‘If John and George had not died there was surely a possibility of that. Paul and I are still on the road. John would have still been on the road. I don’t know about George. We’d still be doing what we love to do.’


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Ringo wishing the world peace & love on his 80th birthday.

Ringo Starr visits his ‘Peace and Love’ sculpture to celebrate his 80th birthday on July 07, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.





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