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Ringo: "I am the last remaining Beatle"
UK Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2011 | Cole Moreton

Posted on 05/27/2011 5:27:48 PM PDT by SoonerStorm09

Ringo Starr looks at a photograph of his young self and laughs.

‘We didn’t know what was ahead of us. You never do. We didn’t think it would last.’

The black-and-white image shows the Beatles in suits in the early Sixties, waiting to appear on a television show. He’s not sure which one. Paul is whistling, George is distracted, John is wide-eyed and Ringo is staring at the camera, his feet up on a seat. In the picture (below) he looks the most assured, by far.

‘Even Paul thought, “Well, I’ll probably end up as a writer.” So did John. George was going to have a garage.’

But Ringo was a drummer before the Beatles and he still is, long after them. Nearly half a century later, at the age of 70, the boy in that picture is preparing to go on the road again, touring Britain and Europe with the latest incarnation of his All Starr Band.

He rarely gives interviews, and gets frustrated when all people want to talk about is the Fab Four, but today says he’s ‘at ease with it’. So here goes. How does it feel to be a Beatle, at his age?

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: beatles; drums; music; ringo; ringostarr
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1 posted on 05/27/2011 5:27:53 PM PDT by SoonerStorm09
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To: SoonerStorm09

70? dang.


2 posted on 05/27/2011 5:30:13 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: SoonerStorm09

Paul McCartney died... again?


3 posted on 05/27/2011 5:33:14 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Actually you could still form a Beatles Fab Four: Ringo Starr, Pete Best, Chas Newby, and Jimmy Nicol. There just wouldn’t be any musicians there.


4 posted on 05/27/2011 5:36:50 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Ringo’s so cool


5 posted on 05/27/2011 5:36:58 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SoonerStorm09

When Ringo quits so will I.


6 posted on 05/27/2011 5:37:16 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Socialism...Easier said than done.)
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To: SoonerStorm09
Time flies. But generations can be defined by three simple questions:

It's gone from "Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings???"
to "Paul McCartney was in a band???"
to "Who's Paul McCartney???"

... in what seems like moments.

7 posted on 05/27/2011 5:37:16 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: SoonerStorm09
By the way, this is one of my favorite songs by a former Beatle with his new band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8s9dmuAKvU
8 posted on 05/27/2011 5:39:20 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: SoonerStorm09

I always liked Ringo’s music sense. I just wish he could hold a tune. :) As a singer, he always made me wince.

But I do like his song choices. Amazon has a MP3 of his on sale for $5 today, and I may buy it.


9 posted on 05/27/2011 5:41:21 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: SoonerStorm09
Then you have to take responsibility for not knowing how to spell beetle.
10 posted on 05/27/2011 5:41:56 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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11 posted on 05/27/2011 5:48:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: pnh102

You have to read the article.

I tracked down the sketch he mentioned.

It’s after the 11 minute mark when Mccartney chimes in.

http://www.youtube.com/user/rednoseday?gl=US&hl=en

It even has Bieber even though he isn’t a Brit


12 posted on 05/27/2011 5:49:48 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: SoonerStorm09

Last time I looked Paul was still alive.


13 posted on 05/27/2011 5:50:57 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

Misleading title..click the link and read the article.


14 posted on 05/27/2011 5:56:38 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick
Paul is Dead.
15 posted on 05/27/2011 5:56:38 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Yes, it’s great, though I’ll be the first one and for the first eve3r time to say that Dylan can’t sing (and neither can his imitator Petty). Couldn’t they get better backup singers?


16 posted on 05/27/2011 5:58:28 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Maybe Ringo has Paul in his Dead Pool list.


17 posted on 05/27/2011 6:00:55 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SoonerStorm09

"Rat uh Rie!"

18 posted on 05/27/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: SoonerStorm09
Changing the title is a no-no.

The real title is:

'Paul likes to think he's the only remaining Beatle': Ringo Starr on why the world's most famous band was lucky to have him

19 posted on 05/27/2011 6:07:22 PM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: SoonerStorm09

I once was close to a session player who played on Ringo’s albums and on some of the albums Lennon produced. She said Ringo was one of the nicest, most comfortable in his skin people she ever met and that Lennon was a complete jerk. Actually quite a bit beyond jerk—but I don’t post using the vocabulary she used to describe him. She was a very forgiving person usually. But she had to work with him regularly for quite a while and he really got under her skin.


20 posted on 05/27/2011 6:08:22 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Tanniker Smith

I love that band, but do you realize how old that “new band” is?


21 posted on 05/27/2011 6:10:39 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: ModelBreaker

Based on all I’ve heard and read on the guys over the decades, I’m betting your friend’s characterizations were dead-on.


22 posted on 05/27/2011 6:14:30 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: SoonerStorm09
Oh yeah? Well, he'll still never be the 5th Beatle: Eddie Murphy is the 5th Beatle
23 posted on 05/27/2011 6:17:24 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: SoonerStorm09; Drumbo

Still keeping time at 70 bump


24 posted on 05/27/2011 6:24:02 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SoonerStorm09
m
25 posted on 05/27/2011 6:33:18 PM PDT by blam
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To: SoonerStorm09
Ringo had a plastic surgery, that's why!


26 posted on 05/27/2011 6:38:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

... This is happening not me a lot lately.


27 posted on 05/27/2011 6:40:15 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I love that band, but do you realize how old that “new band” is?

Sadly, yes, but it's still newer than his old band.
And then there's the fact that a couple of those guys aren't around any more and haven't been for quite some time.

28 posted on 05/27/2011 6:40:17 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The Ghoul Pool


29 posted on 05/27/2011 6:42:45 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Pete Best turns 70 this year as well. Never forget Pete Best, the original Beatles drummer!


30 posted on 05/27/2011 6:49:59 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 51 days from outliving Wendy O Williams (of The Plasmatics))
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL! In that picture, Paul looks like Ferris Bueller!


31 posted on 05/27/2011 6:53:18 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SoonerStorm09
John’s quip about him not even being the best drummer in the Beatles was put to rest when Rolling Stone magazine recently chose Ringo as the fifth greatest rock drummer of all time.

Says something about Rolling Stone.

Ringo is a pretty average drummer, but by all accounts a pretty nice and likable guy.

Anyone here remember "The Magic Christian"? My wife claims the only reason I liked it was because of the influence of chemical mood enhancers when I watched it in the 70s.

32 posted on 05/27/2011 6:54:25 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Nice...thanks for posting.


33 posted on 05/27/2011 7:00:45 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Your wife is right. In fact at that point almost anything by Terry Southern was an acquired taste and almost none of it holds up.


34 posted on 05/27/2011 7:00:54 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: SuziQ

I thought Howdy Doody...


35 posted on 05/27/2011 7:03:37 PM PDT by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: RummyChick

I loved this. I saw it right after red nose day. The George Michael part was hilarious and - Gordon Brown!! I think you have to watch a lot of BBC America to truly appreciate how funny it was.


36 posted on 05/27/2011 7:05:08 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: wtc911
Your wife is right. In fact at that point almost anything by Terry Southern was an acquired taste and almost none of it holds up.

I haven't watched it in many, many years. You're probably right, but it seemed funny at the time.

37 posted on 05/27/2011 7:08:52 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Well,that’s “greatest” not “best.”

Big difference.


38 posted on 05/27/2011 7:17:28 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: SoonerStorm09

I see kids, including pre-teens, wearing Beatles t-shirts all the time. At least they’re learning some of the classics!


39 posted on 05/27/2011 7:50:30 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: JoeProBono

I thought this thread was about Ringo not Yassir Arafat.


40 posted on 05/27/2011 7:51:09 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: RummyChick

thanks


41 posted on 05/27/2011 8:29:53 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Pete Best will outlive them all!


42 posted on 05/27/2011 8:31:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: freekitty

Paul is getting married to some socialite.


43 posted on 05/27/2011 8:49:20 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I know. Her father was in some kind of trouble.


44 posted on 05/27/2011 9:36:51 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Ringo is a pretty average drummer, but by all accounts a pretty nice and likable guy.

Ringo is average, but oddly, he is perhaps the person most responsible for the Beatles' music's uniqueness. The drum beat for rock music of that era was generally loose -- had a bit of a lag -- which carried over from its R&B roots. That's what gave it a feeling of hipness. Ringo's drumming was more incessant. He played a more European beat. That gave their music more energy and that was their signature style.

45 posted on 05/27/2011 10:10:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: ModelBreaker
"and that Lennon was a complete jerk."

And commie.

And self centered weirdo. Total wingnut.

Oh, and musical genius.

46 posted on 05/27/2011 11:03:24 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Ringo is a pretty average drummer, but by all accounts a pretty nice and likable guy.

I can't remember which Beatle said it, but he basically said that Ringo was the second best drummer in the Beatles, next to Paul. Paul did the drums on "The Ballad of John and Yoko", and he played all the instruments on his first solo album "McCartney", the one with "Maybe I'm Amazed."

47 posted on 05/27/2011 11:07:43 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mariner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6D2N4nylg

And Your Bird Can Sing

48 posted on 05/27/2011 11:17:01 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: SoonerStorm09

Thanks for posting this, Ringo is my fave beatle.


49 posted on 05/28/2011 3:55:43 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: dfwgator

The drumming on “Rain” was his best work - quite inventive within the scope of the Beatles recordings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPjDMZiuhbQ


50 posted on 05/28/2011 4:39:53 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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