Ringo At 80: “He Passed the Audition”
By : Steven Valvano
Source : CultureSonar
It’s OK to clutch your chest when you realize that Ringo Starr turns 80 on July 7!
Given that bit of news, we all know Sir Richard Starkey’s greatest accomplishments are as the world’s most famous drummer for the world’s most important R&R band, as well as his solo hits, his movie roles and the beloved personality that promotes “Peace and Love” throughout the world today. While he’s into his 6th decade of an esteemed career, there may be scant notice of perhaps his greatest accomplishment: He passed the audition!
The Beatles were never satisfied with Pete Best as their first full-time drummer from his start in August of 1960. By the summer of 1962, the Beatles were the undisputed number one band in Liverpool, they had just secured a recording contract and were scheduled to be filmed by a TV network (Granada) for a light people-contrast documentary show, “Know the North.” This set up an important psychological deadline to end the suffering relationship between the other three Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) and drummer Pete in middle August.
This is when, after months of debate and query, the three Beatles finally officially reached out to Ringo, who was playing in a rival band. He may soon be 80 years old, but we can learn a lot from 58 summers ago when Ringo put himself to be in the position to be “promoted.”