Sara: "This is another example of what I believe is a fan traded photo. Here is what I believe happened. Many fans wrote to George’s lovely mother, Louise Harrison and she was a kind soul and wrote fans back. Fans would ask for photos of George and she would often send them some rare photographs of George with the family. The fans then get copies of these made and trade them within the Beatles fan pen pal circuits. This particular photo looks like someone tried to "zoom in" more on George and cut out other members of the family. Although it also could have been a bad photographer. I don’t know for sure that is how this photograph came about (except that Gina owned this particular one and scanned it) but that is my best guess. I still like to think of this blog as the "modern day" version of Beatle pen pal photo trading."
Anonymous (from the comments): "I have this photo too with a slightly fuller crop. It was taken by George’s brother Peter Harrison May 19, 1968 at the christening of Peter and Pauline Harrison’s first child, son Ian Harrison (born Nov. 16, 1967). In the photo Ian is being held by his cousin Paul Harrison, age 8, (son of Harry and Irene). George and Pattie had flown back to London from the Cannes Film Festival that day and then drove to George’s parent’s home to meet up with the family and attend their nephew’s christening at St. Mary’s church in Penketh. They returned to London that evening in time for George’s recording session with the Beatles. This photo was sold through the Harrison Alliance fanzine in the 70’s and early 80’s, but prior to that it was sold through the George Harrison Chapter of the Official Beatles Fan Club."
"If The Beatles were the original rock’n’roll four-piece, then Ringo was the original rock’n’roll drummer. This was the template for the next 40 years of music. They were certainly the foundation for what I do and Ringo seemed to be the foundation of The Beatles. I always thought he had a great style. He had a wonderful swing and was a showman. A lot of drummers aren’t considered showmen, but he definitely turned it on.
His swing and backbeat carry so many of The Beat1es’ songs. Back then, the recording depended on the feel of the song. There was no digital manipulation of drum tracks, so it was up to the drummer to dictate that feel. And Ringo had his own sound. Pull all the instruments out and you’d still know it was a Beatles song. And that’s the sound of a signature drummer. It’s the kind of thing drummers strive for all career, but not all of them make it.
I’m not a technical drummer by any means - I like listening to drummers who make you wanna air-drum or dance - and Ringo was a songwriter in regards to his drumming. And that’s important to me. With those immediately catchy early Beatles songs, it was Ringo’s job to carry that, dictating dynamic and feel. Warts and all, you want to hear a drummer that sounds like a human being. I think his playing mirrored his personality. It made you feel good. You can hear he was a good guy,just by listening to his playing. And thank fucking God for not doing drum solos.
I don’t know many bands who let the drummer step out and take the spotlight as much as The Beatles did. They were a supergroup in that every member of the band was supremely talented. When Taylor Hawkins steps out in the middle of one of our shows, it changes the mood in the room. It opens things up and makes things freer, more musical. And The Beatles realised they could do that with Ringo. They could have some really heavy moments and, to keep people feeling good, they’d put Ringo up there and make everyone smile for a few minutes.
My favourite Ringo moment is probably from The Ed Sullivan Show. Those performances were brilliant. To any American, that’s when The Beatles really broke this country. Watching those performances, the guy’s got a smile from ear to ear and he’s swinging his hi-hat like he’s waltzing with someone. You just don’t see drummers enjoying themselves that much. He was so into it.
The Beatles were the first band I fell in love with. I got both the blue and red albums when I was about seven. When I started learning guitar, my mother gave me a chord book with all of The Beatles’ songs in it. And I’d play along with the album. In the music, I started to discover arrangement and composition, melody and harmony. It was like a puzzle, just fascinating. They were far more complex than they let on.
Their sense of songwriting was so much deeper than just “Love Me Do” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. It was heavier than typical AM radio pop. So everything I listened to after that was based on that idea of songwriting. I would gauge songs on that basis. It burned this impression in my head that every song must have melody somewhere. With the Foo Fighters, even when I try to come up with something as fucked up and dissonant as possible, there’s always a thread of melody in there. And that’s The Beatles’ fault, not mine! It was like that in Nirvana, too. Kurt was the same way. The three of us grew up listening to The Beatles, then classic rock and punk. Somehow, it all came together. A lot of bands in the’ 80s and ’90s were the same way. It’s the meeting of melody and dissonance.
In 1992, I did a soundtrack for [Iain Softley’s Beatles-in-Hamburg film] Backbeat. I played the drums, Thurston Moore played guitar with Don Fleming from Gumball, Mike Mills from R.E.M. played bass, Greg Dulli played guitar and sang, Dave Pirner sang and even Henry fucking Rollins was on there. [Producer] Don Was wanted to create that Hamburg vibe, playing six shows a night and pounding speed and beer. When you listen to those early bootlegs, it sounds like the fucking Ramones! So he put together this punk-rock Beatles tribute band to recreate the sound of those Hamburg tapes, which we’d listen to as inspiration. Through that, we all connected with The Beatles more.
When I listen to Ringo on record, the one thing that makes its way into my playing is just the sense of serving the song. And I swear to God, you can tell the difference between an English drummer and an American one. Most of the English drummers swing their rolls, but most of the Americans don’t. Listen to any Oasis song or Supergrass song and you’ll find a little bit of Ringo in those drums. You don’t hear that too much in America. It’s the Ringo Roll. When we’re in the studio and I want one of those, I tell Taylor: “Hey, do a Ringo in there.” And we all know what that means.
I’ve never met him, but we have a mutual friend [Liam Lynch]. And he says Ringo’s the greatest guy, the nicest dude you’ll ever meet. I mean, the guy changed the world, but it didn’t seem to change him too much.” Dave Grohl.
read it don’t be a fucker
Ringo starr,1969 Photo taken by Massimo ( found on the MTBFR blog)
I Met The Walrus
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).
Chalk Festival in Pasadena
Fun fact: the Beatles chalk art above actually got first place in the festival! (source)
Please enjoy this up close video of Paul saying he loves me back before playing blackbird and then after the song him wagging his finger at us because we tried to make him laugh during the song.
George has a way with women and felines alike
PAUL MCCARTNEY CAME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD TO GET ICE CREAM WITH WARREN BUFFETT AND I DIDN’T GET TO SEE HIM WOW I AM SO UPSET RIGHT NOW AND MY FRIENDS ALL GOT PHOTOS WITH HIM BUT NOT ME
SO JEALOUS OF EVERYONE SURROUNDING HIM OMFG OMFG
"The fans are getting smaller" - Ringo Starr
I FOUND ONE
30 seconds in you can hear me scream ‘PAUL I LOVE YOU’ and then hear him scream it back. We all go nuts too it’s hilarious.
best to use head phones.