On June 1st, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, boosting the sales of vintage military uniforms and further cementing their status as the biggest rock group in the world. Two weeks later, they started work on their next omnipresent musical event: participating in the Our World TV show on June 25th, employing Earth’s newly constructed satellite technology to deliver a live global broadcast from locales as far-flung as “Takamatsu and Tunis.”
The Beatles agreed to perform a new song as the representatives of the United Kingdom. “It was the first worldwide satellite broadcast ever,” Ringo Starr said years later. “It’s a standard thing that people do now, but then, when we did it, it was a first. That was exciting – we were doing a lot of firsts.”
Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on July 7, 2012 in Tennessee, first at the Hard Rock Nashville—where at 12:00 noon local time he asked the world to join him in a wish for Peace & Love—and then at the Ryman Auditorium, where he performed with the 13th edition of his All Starr Band. Members of the group this year, along with Ringo, are Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette, and newbies Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie.
One of the stops on Ringo’s tour was Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida, on July 1. I had the pleasure of attending that concert and have uploaded the photos I took to an album on Facebook. Click here to check them out; no Facebook account or login required!
The happiest of birthdays to my favorite Beatle. Here’s to many more years of music, entertainment … and Peace & Love.