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RINGO STARR (born Richard Starkey)


In 1954, By simply playing a new song that he liked by an unknown artist, WHBQ Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips became a star in his own right. That unknown artist was Elvis Presley, and the song Phillips premiered on the air was “That’s All Right Mama.”

In 1969, George Harrison recorded “Here Comes The Sun” with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road Studios in London. John Lennon was absent, recovering from a recent car accident in Scotland.

In 1980, Led Zeppelin played their final concert with drummer John Bonham when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the US album chart with Born In The USA. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart and it became one of three albums (along with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-10 US singles.

In 2010, Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr onstage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to help celebrate Starr’s 70th birthday. With Ringo’s All-Starr Band joined by Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, and Little Steven, Paul belted out “Birthday” and Ringo delivered “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

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