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March 2021 was a big month for Ringo Starr. On the 14th, the former Beatles drummer turned up at the Grammys to present Billie Eilish with the award for Record of the Year. The following week, Ringo (now 80) released his Zoom In EP containing five new tracks.

During his round of virtual interviews to promote Zoom In, Ringo sounded energized by his new record. And, as usual, he was game to talk about the legacy of the Fab Four. That included weighing in on “Here Comes the Sun,” which stands as the most-streamed Beatles song.

Speaking to Alan Light of Esquire, Ringo said he didn’t know the George Harrison-penned track was No. 1 in the streaming category. But once he thought about it, it didn’t surprise Ringo at all.

Ringo couldn’t say exactly why “Here Comes the Sun” has been the Beatles’ most popular tune on streaming services, but he heartily endorsed the concept. “It well deserves it,” he told. “It’s a beautiful song, it’s a beautiful arrangement, the drums are great (laughs).”

On the subject of his drum part, Ringo revisited a story he’s told before — how he managed to back George on the song. “George said, ‘Hey, Ringo, I’ve got this song, it’s in 7/4 time.’” he recalled in Esquire. “I said, ‘What are you telling me for? I’m 4/4 or 3/4 [time], you know that.’ He had gotten a bit Indian on me.”

In the Martin Scorsese documentary Living in the Material World (2011), Ringo recalled that struggle with the timing on “Here Comes the Sun.” “I had no way of going, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7,” Ringo said. “It’s not my brain.” But he found a way to keep coming in on time.

Over half a century later, that recording is still resonating with listeners. On streaming platforms, “Here Comes the Sun” had logged over 600 million streams at the close of March ’21. No other Beatles track had topped 400 million to that point.

Only 3 Beatles played on ‘Here Comes the Sun’
Not every Beatles song featured participation from every member of the band. Paul McCartney recorded a number of White Album (1968) tracks (including “Wild Honey Pie” and “Mother Nature’s Son”) without his bandmates.

That trend continued — albeit on a less extreme level — on 1969’s Abbey Road, the last album The Beatles recorded. John Lennon arrived late to the sessions after he and Yoko Ono had gotten into a car crash during their summer vacation. And John didn’t play (or even clap) on “Here Comes the Sun.”

But the fab three of George, Paul, and Ringo got down an excellent basic track. George kept going with more guitar lines, a Moog synthesizer part, and orchestration. All these years later, it’s still a spring anthem.



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The Liverpudlian icons played a crucial role in the development of the 1960s counterculture movement, aiding the rise of popular music into the mainstream as an art form. The band took their cues from skiffle, beat and ’50s rock and roll. Latterly, the band would be influenced by classical music, ballads, Indian music, psychedelia and hard rock. Ultimately, The Beatles revolutionised every aspect of popular music.

Much of the Beatles‘ generation-defining career is cemented in the vast mythos of popular culture. The widespread tales of their careers and the well-documented personal lives has resulted in an untellable amount of discourse surrounding the band. However, one rumour frequently abounds; The Beatles were on a never-ending cycle of tours.

However, in a radio interview with Ringo Starr in 1977, he revealed that the band had actually stopped touring in 1966. The lengthy interview, which was broadcasted on the airwaves, is a dense retrospective on the drummers’ life. At about the halfway point, the interviewer posits: “John said in an interview, ‘By the time the Beatles came to America, they couldn’t perform live anymore.’”

Ringo replied: “That’s the truth. I mean, it’s the great truth. No one heard us, not even ourselves. I found it very hard. I mean, I’m looking at amplifiers thinking the sound is going to come through my eyes instead of ears, but it’s like—I couldn’t do any fills because I’m just there just to hold it together somehow, you know. So if I go off for a ‘fill’ which isn’t as loud as all your force on an off-beat it would get lost anyway.”

Ringo explained: “That’s when we decided to stop in ’66. Everyone thought we toured for years, you know, but we didn’t. I joined in ’62, and we’d finished touring in ’66 to go into the studio where we could hear each other… and create any fantasy that came out of anybody’s brain.”



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Ringo marked the occasion on Instagram with a throwback photo of himself and his wife on their special day of 27 April, 1981.

“It was 40 years ago today The love of my life said yes yes yes. And I said it right back peace and love,” he wrote alongside the photograph.

In the photo, Starr and Bach are standing behind their wedding cake while the musician’s bandmates George Harrison and Paul McCartney pose either side of them with their own spouses, Olivia Harrison and Linda McCartney.
Meanwhile, Barbara’s young son Gianni from her first marriage to Count Augusto Gregorini was pictured standing in front of his mother.

Ringo & Barbara leave Marylebone Register Office after their wedding in London, 27 April,1981.Their bridesmaids are Bach’s daughter Francesca Gregorini (left)& Ringo’s daughter Lee Starkey(foreground, right).Barbara’s wedding dress is by David and Elizabeth Emanuel

John Lennon had been fatally shot less than five months earlier in December 1980. Linda McCartney died from breast cancer aged 56 in 1998, while George Harrison passed away from lung cancer at 58 in 2001.

George Harrison’s widow Olivia commented on the post: “What a day that was. I’m stunned by the passing years and each day of the love you have shared not only with each other but with the world around you.
“I love you both dearly. Happy Anniversary dear Rich and Barb.”
Starr – real name Richard Starkey – was first married to Maureen Cox from 1965 to 1975. They had three children, Zak, Jason and Lee.

US-born Bach is an actor, having appeared as Bond girl Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me opposite Roger Moore’s 007. In addition to Gianni, she had daughter Francesca with her first husband.



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Ringo Starr have shared throwback photos with Prince Philip in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh.
As the nation mourns the loss of Prince Philip, British celebrities have been sharing their tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh on social media. Most recently,Ringo have shared photos from over 50 years ago with The Queen’s late husband.

Ringo Starr, who was knighted by Prince William in 2018, shared a picture from the 1960s of himself and The Beatles meeting the Duke.

Ringo posted the exact moment he shook hands with Prince Philip,
he captioned the post: “God bless the Duke of Edinburgh peace and love to all the family peace and love.”

According to the Liverpool Echo, Prince Philip called The Beatles “good chaps” after meeting with them.
On March 23, 1964, the Duke presented the Fab Four with two Carl Alan Awards at the Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square and spoke with John Lennon about books.

According to The New York Times that year, Prince Philip said that The Beatles were a “helpful” influence.

He said how he didn’t care how much noise people were making when singing at dancing.

But instead noted that what he objected to is “fighting and stealing”.
Prince Philip added: “It seems to me that these blokes [The Beatles] are helping people to enjoy themselves and that it is far better than the other.”

The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon had seen The Beatles perform at the Royal Variety Show the year before.

John Lennon had famously said to the audience: “On this next number, I want you all to join in. Would those in the cheap seats clap their hands? The rest of you can rattle your jewellery.”

Meeting the band afterwards, The Queen Mother told The Beatles how much she had enjoyed their performance and asked where their next show was.
The Fab Four told The Queen Mother, “Slough” and she replied: “Ah, that’s near us!”

Asked what she thought of The Beatles, the widow of King George VI said: “They are so fresh and vital. I simply adore them.:

Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle just two months and a day before his 100th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place on Saturday, April 17th and be televised with a national silence at 3pm.


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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.