Continued magazine interview with Ringo…….
I enjoyed interviewing Ringo. For one thing it meant a pleasant drive out of busy, congested Central London, into the sunny, stockbroker belt of Surrey; and secondly, because Ringo is one of the easiest-to-get-on-with people I know.
As I drove in through the massive, light-colored wooden gates, which mark the entrance to the Starkey estate, Ringo walked round the corner of the house. “Park it over there,” he said after smiling a greeting. “Come into the house.”
The December 1966 issue of The Beatles Book Monthly featured an exclusive interview with Ringo Starr. This article gives a rare glimpse of laid-back Ringo in his natural environment, relaxing in the comfort of his Surrey home. This brief conversation gives just a glimpse of home life behind the scenes.
First published in 1963 and continuing throughout their career and beyond, The Beatles Book Monthly was the official fanzine of the group. It took full advantage of having access to amazing rare photos, it featured exclusive articles, and contained insights not found anywhere else.
Ringo Starr’s copy of ‘The White Album’ was stored in a vault for 35 years
Ringo Starr‘s copy of The Beatles‘ self-titled 1968 album has been confirmed to be the most expensive vinyl record ever sold.
The first-ever pressed copy of the record was sold at auction last December for $790,000 (£522,438). Previous reports suggested that it had sold for $910,000 (£600,000), but Guinness World Records have now corrected this.
More commonly known as ‘The White Album’, each unit of the record came with its own serial number stamped on the cover.
The No. 0000001 album was sold by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Proceeds from the sale went to the Lotus Foundation, which was founded by Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach.
Guinness World Records say that the record-breaking copy was stored in a vault by Starr for 35 years and was sold in near mint condition.
The first numbered copy of the LP was rumoured to be John Lennon’s who, according to Paul McCartney, “shouted the loudest” for it when the band decided to have the copies numbered.
The first four pressings of the album were all in possession of The Beatles, while copy No. 0000005 sold at an auction in 2008 for a little less than $30,000 (£20,000).
One of the great things about Ringo: he knew his place. One vocal on most albums, two on a double and a few decent gags in the films, otherwise sit back there grinning and keeping the backbeats coming.
Ron Howard’s recent documentary Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years featured plenty of footage of the world’s most peace-and-lovey drummer in full flow, but the 2-disc special edition DVD/blu ray of the film, out now, includes Ringo digging deeper into his approach to drumming in the world’s greatest ever band.
“I feel the drums are in its place,” he says, “If you’re singing, there’s no reason for me to do a fill because you’re singing the damn song, but I’ll bring you up and I’ll bring you down and I’ll get crazy if you want to.”
The clip is part of 100 minutes of additional footage on the release, collected into short featurettes about the art of songwriting, their early days in Liverpool and full length performances.
Randolph Peter “Pete” Best is an English musician, principally known as the original drummer for the Beatles from 1960 to 1962. Best was born in the city of Madras, then part of British India.
Born: November 24, 1941 (age 75), Chennai, India
Spouse: Kathy Best (m. 1963)
Music group: The Beatles (1960 – 1962)
Sometime in the 1970s, rock photographer James Fortune snapped a wonderful picture of Paul McCartney sporting a feathery mullet and a suspect mustache. The photo was, for obvious reasons, selected by an editor at Playboy’s website for a 2014 photo gallery called “15 Hilariously Awesome Celebrity Mullets.” Unfortunately, Fortune said he never gave Playboy permission to use the photo and is now suing the publication, according to TMZ.
This original ‘BLUE’ vinyl copy of The Beatles White album has been kindly loaned to The Beatles Story. It is the only version in existence according to Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses.
During the late 1960’s its owner was working for a West London record pressing plant that was printing a special order for the double LP ‘The Beatles’ - universally known as The White Album. At the same time the pressing plant also happened to be running Linda Rostandt’s ‘Blue Bayou’ that was to be printed on a blue vinyl.
The owner seized the opportunity to make a unique version of the White Album for himself. He moved the White Album master copy onto the Blue Bayou press and produced one totally blue vinyl version of the White Album.
Years later he met Paul McCartney at a TV studio and took the LP along for Paul to sign.
See this and many other great items of memorabilia only at the Beatles Story, Liverpool.
On November 22nd 1968, the Beatles released their ninth UK album The Beatles, more commonly known as the White Album. The US release was three days later on the 25th. This was the band’s first attempt at a double album, having written the bulk of the songs on their trip to India earlier that year.
The White Album was recorded between May and October of 1968, with a lot of the recordings carried out with missing band members. There was quite a bit of tension during the sessions and cracks were already staring to appear in the band.
New interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Brian Eno, Dave Grohl, Roger Waters and over 150 more music icons featured in eight-part series
Before George Martin’s death on March 8th, the legendary producer and “fifth Beatle” aligned with PBS for an eight-part series titled Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. For the series, which was five years in the making, Martin and his son Giles recruited over 150 artists to share behind-the-scenes stories about the art of recording.