It’s been almost 50 years since the Beatles first hit America on The Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964. On Tuesday, Ringo Starr appeared in person at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to kick off the “Peace And Love” exhibit documenting his long and colorful career .
Looking very spry for his age, and still full of zany humor, Starr walked on stage while pretending to be talking on his cell phone. His five decade career is well documented at the exhibit: Ringo’s Ludwig drum set from 1965 is one of the first things you see in the lobby. Upstairs you’ll find rare photos of Ringo that he recently discovered after opening boxes his mother left him in 1986.
You’ll see the clothes The Beatles wore in the early days, including the 1964 Nehru Jackets, the 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s uniform,the red suit from the Beatles farewell “rooftop concert,” plus many items from Ringo’s long solo career. A nineteen minute film shown in the museum’s Clive Davis covering Ringo’s early days with The Beatles, as well as his film roles in movies including The Magic Christian, Caveman, Sextette, and Alice In Wonderland.
This documentary wraps up with a rocking rendition of Ringo and his All-Starr Band playing drums on “Birthday,” with Paul McCartney on bass and vocals from Ringo’s 70th birthday concert. Another highlight is Ringo performing “Never Without You,” his tribute song for fellow Beatle George Harrison.
Many of the rare photos you will see are also featured in Ringo’s new e-book Photograph, named after his 1973 #1 hit song of the same name.
Check out the photo gallery of Ringo’s Peace & Love exhibit a the Grammy Museum here!
– Written by Bill Dudley/94.7 The WAVE