Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
My dad recently gifted me with an accompanying ticket to Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Freaking Ringo!! My excitement about seeing one of the two living Beatles was followed by an overwhelming, “I’m not sure how to process this,” when I found out who completed this All-Starr roster. There were a lot of one-hit-wonders & redundant hair bands back in the hippie-dippie days, but stoking the obsession of every groovy girl & mustache wearin’ guy of the 60s, 70s & 80s were bands like Santana, Toto, Mr. Mister & Journey – all who humbly paid homage to Starr for inspiring a history of iconic sounds.
Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what kind of stage presence to expect from the aged musicians – did you know Ringo is 74?! To say I was blown away would be an understatement. There is far too much to share about these musicians in one post. So, in sticking with the Turn It Up! theme of “exploring music with passion” I fully intend to pair studies with experience. Enjoy!
Richard Starkey, Jr. (74)
Peace & Love: Born July 7, 1940 in Liverpool England, Ringo has 3 children (Zak, Jason & Lee) from his first marriage to Maureen Starkey Tigrett. Ringo attributes his successful marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Bach (since 1981), to the motto he is most famous for…Peach & Love! “Peace and love are his life’s rhythm and melody, and he propels this universal message in everything he does.” (source)
The Beatles: On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr officially joined Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in what would become one of the most important popular music acts of all time. With so many legendary works & independent successes, many don’t realize the foursome was only together for 8 years (1962-1970). In addition to the 24 albums produced with the Beatles, Ringo went on to develop 18 solo studio albums and 10 live albums; at 74 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down.
Ringo’s Unique Sound: Ringo told Conan in 2012 that his unique drumming sound comes from being born left-handed but forced by his grandmother to learn to be right-handed. While Ringo writes right-handed, he does everything else left-handed; his drum kit is right-handed but he leads with his left.
Awards & Recognition: (1971) the Beatles received an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score for the film Let It Be; Ringo became the first solo Beatle to score seven consecutive Top 10 singles; (1988) the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; (2008) the Beatles topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful “Hot 100” artists (source); (2008) Ringo accepted a Diamond Award on behalf of the Beatles during the World Music Awards; (2010) Ringo received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (source); (2011) Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time (source); (2014) the Beatles hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart; The Beatles have received ten Grammy Awards & an Academy Award for Best Original Score; 600 million+ records sold makes the Beatles the best-selling band in history (source).
Classic Blues & Funny Cues: Obviously, it was amazing to see my Beatles favorites performed live by an original member, but Ringo’s solo work appealed to another genre my father and I enjoy – classic blues & soul. Ringo’s humorous nature is a refreshing & reliable quality, but more than his stage funnies, I loved seeing those boxy Beatle’s dance moves haven’t been forgotten.
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