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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Ringo Starr


4-2-08 Ringo Starr

I think Ringo (aka Richard Starkey) is the only Beatle who hasn’t had his own blog here!

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7" DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE / JUST A DREAM POLYDOR DE 2001 734

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7" IT'S ALL DOWN TO GOODNIGHT VIENNA / OO-WEE APPLE US 1882

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7" NO NO SONG / SNOOKEROO APPLE US 1880

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7" ONLY YOU / CALL ME APPLE US 1876

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7" PHOTOGRAPH / DOWN AND OUT APPLE US 1865

CD RINGO CAPITOL US CDP 795637.2

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LP RINGO THE 4TH POLYDOR UK 2310 556

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CD TIME TAKES TIME PRIVATE US 82097.2

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7" YOU'RE SIXTEEN / DEVIL WOMAN APPLE US 1870

I once ran into Mr. Starr at a discount store on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. He was buying a toaster oven. I have also seen Ringo advertising incomprehensible things in Japan – who knows what the ad was for? It had Ringo!

Truth be told, some of Ringo’s solo albums are pretty good – especially the self-titled ’73 “Ringo” and it’s follow-up, “Goodnight Vienna”, which I actually really rather like. And also some great singles, “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Boogaloo”, for instance.

Lately, I have been picking up his 90’s albums on CD, as they seem to have made it to the $3 bin. Some of them aren’t too bad. I really liked the ’07 “Very Best Of” CD + DVD set. The DVD was fantastic, it had stuff I’d never seen before! And the CD was most enjoyable – with stuff from an assortment of labels.

So, will he outlive Sir Paul? Will he ever become Sir Richard – or Sir Ringo? I have yet to try his new album “Liverpool 8” – it’s had decent reviews – though some of the British press I’ve read over the last year (in Mojo, Word etc.) hasn’t always been kind to dear old Ringo.

So – thanks for the music, Sir Ringo!


3 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Good to know that Ringo buys his own damn toaster oven! No lackeys for him, in spite of his exalted status! Yeah, those early singles were pretty darn good. I really liked "It Don't Come Easy" as a kid. Who'd have expected that? But "You're Sixteen?" Brrrrrr! Scary creep city, that song! I lost interest in Ringo after that.

I somehow think that he will be the Last Beatle Standing, in defiance of the "good die young" theory that sees Jerry Lewis still walking the earth with the rest of the Rat Pack gone! Think about that - Frank Sinatra checked out before Lewis! But Ringo is my favorite Beatle. His attitude is the best of all of 'em.

And I enjoyed some of his ventures into "acting" quite a bit in films like "Candy" and "The Magic Christian!" Ringo Starr and Terry Southern - two great tastes that taste great together! I'll take the fifth on "Caveman!"

8:24 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

"The Magic Christian" is great, isn't it? I love the film and also the original book.

6:41 AM  
Blogger 009JohnLennonFan said...

Ron, did you write a book? I am an author trying to make contact with other Beatle fans for a new forthcoming collaborative work.

You can reach me at www.dearjohnlennon.com. Or better yet, drop me an email at WriterMyst@aol.com for details.

9:06 AM  

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