Ringo Starr was at the famed Sunset Marquis’ Morrison Hotel Gallery in West Hollywood meeting with 30 fans who have purchased limited-edition prints from his new photography book, Another Day in the Life.
Proceeds go to charity and, in exchange, the buyers get to meet Starr one-on-one to say hello and pose for a photo. Not surprisingly, given he has now been one of the most famous people on the planet for nearly 60 years, Starr has the grip-and-grin ritual down. A new person sidles up to Starr roughly every 30 seconds, and while the time may be short, the exchange doesn’t feel rushed as they share an anecdote, a treasured memory or just thank Starr for the music. In his trademark shades and black jacket, he genially greets each one and quickly connects — whether it’s asking a little boy if he knows “Yellow Submarine” (the boy nods yes) or teaching a fan the right way to flash the peace sign as they pose.
The book’s release closely coincides with What’s My Name, Starr’s 20th studio album. The radiantly upbeat album, recorded at Roccabella West, Starr’s home studio in Los Angeles, features such friends and frequent Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band collaborators as Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Colin Hay, Richard Page, Steve Lukather and Benmont Tench, as well as his fellow remaining Beatle, Paul McCartney.