Ringo 5.1: The Surround Sound Collection

Ringo 5.1: The Surround Sound Collection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul McCartney, David Lynch, and Ringo Starr a...

Paul McCartney, David Lynch, and Ringo Starr at David Lynch Foundation benefit concert, Radio City Music Hall, April, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ringo Starr - and Paul McCartney intr...

English: Ringo Starr – and Paul McCartney introducing The Beatles: Rock Band video game at the 2009 E3 Convention as part of Microsoft’s press conference on June 1, 2009. Français : Ringo Starr – et Paul McCartney présentant le jeu vidéo The Beatles: Rock Band au salon E3, lors de la conférence de presse de Microsoft le 1 er juin 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arr...

English: Photograph of The Beatles as they arrive in New York City in 1964 Français : Photographie de The Beatles, lors de leur arrivée à New York City en 1964 Italiano: Fotografia dei Beatles al loro arrivo a New York City nel 1964 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s funny how life goes. 73 years ago a boy was born in Liverpool.  As a child, Richard Starkey was sickly little kid from the rough tough neighborhood called the Dingle.  A place in Liverpool that is so wild and violent that even today tour buses zip through the area not wanting to have any confrontations with the local gangs.  Young Richy managed to survive this rather scary environment.  No small feat considering the poverty surrounding him. Most incredible of all,  he grew up to be an international music icon, a bona fide legend in his own time.  At one time he had  toyed with the idea of coming to America as a teenager and starting a life in the “new world”.  Luckily for him, luckily for the world at large he abandoned that course and remained home.  His prowess as a drummer lead him down an interesting  path and he achieved quite a bit of local fame as the man pounding the skins for Rory Storm and The Hurricanes.  He was quite well-known on the local circuit which eventually connected him to John, Paul and George.  Ringo Starr turned 73 yesterday.  Quite a milestone in a life of milestones. I could fill 10 blogs 100 times over listing the amazing things he has done.  The stories have been told and told again.  The books and the films fill the archives. Ringo has lived many lives.  Son, father, husband, musician, BEATLE, songwriter, actor, comedian, photographer, writer, and along with Paul McCartney “keeper of the flame” as it were.  John and George have departed this life and it must be a heavy weight to be the survivors of a legend so deep, so pervasive, so entrenched in pop culture. These are the only two men alive who can possible know what it’s like to have lived  their fantasy lives of extreme notoriety.

These days he tours the world with his ALL-STAR BAND performing and spreading his message of  “Peace & Love,,,Peace & Love”…simple words and ideas from an earlier time…an earlier generation. Outwardly he seems to have remained the man he has always been.  A friendly, down to earth sort,  with a little in the way of pop star airs.  He did have that one brush with the memorabilia hustlers a few years back,  but his attitude was I believe,  quite understandable.

Ringo is not remembered as a visionary.  That mantle goes to Lennon.  He won’t be remembered as a spectacular instrumentalist. McCartney has claimed that title (though Ringo’s drum work with the Beatles was downright revolutionary in many ways)   Spiritualist?  Harrison was known to have been the Beatle who lived a life of deep spiritual meaning.   What then is the legacy he has created?  In some small ways maybe he can claim a piece of ALL of these things.  But what comes shining through is a quiet humility…a humble self-deprecating persona…a good natured good guy who always tried to do his best and who continues to carry the weight in an amiable and creative way.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO.  Your milestones are the yard sticks by which we measure an entire generation,  and the many others that have continued to follow.  Has it really been nearly 50 years since the Liverpool Shuffle?

Ringo Starr and all his band

Ringo Starr and all his band (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)



Liverpool (Photo credit: Vayes!)

A photo taken outside Duncan the Tailors shop ...

A photo taken outsideDuncan the Tailors shop in Liverpool. Storm is in the middle and Starr

is on the far left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Ringo Starr performing in 1987 for th...

English: Ringo Starr performing in 1987 for the Prince’s Trust. Français : Ringo Starr sur scène en 1987 pour promouvoir l’association “Prince’s Trust”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. Bill Deegan says:

    Well said Joe , a legendary band comprised of four individuals who were each a legend in their own way. How wonderful it is that Paul and Ringo carry on and keep the group relevant 50 years later.

  2. joeref says:

    I have always had a soft place in my heart for Ringo. He was a perfect compliment to the other three.

  3. Joanne F says:

    Great birthday tribute to Ringo. As I was reading your legacy descriptions of the other three (John: visionary; Paul: superior instrumentalist; George: spiritualist), I wondered, how would I characterize Ringo? The humble one! And there were your words. Spot-on. Happy Birthday, Richie!

  4. joeref says:

    The Humble One. I like that.

  5. joeref says:

    and maybe the Normal One. LOL whatever normal happens to be!

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