Ringo Starr

Bea­tle. Drum­mer. Peace and lover The wis­dom of the NME archives

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THE FIRST Song I FELL IN LOVE WITH GENE AUTRY

South Of The Bor­der “They used to play it on Satur­day morn­ing at the pic­tures in Liver­pool, which was a big deal for kids in those days. I re­mem­ber it like yes­ter­day, him singing that and it just feel­ing good. It moved me.”

THE FIRST Song I LEARNED To PLAY LON­NIE DONE­GAN

Rock Is­land Line

“I was lucky be­cause when I started, if you had the in­stru­ment, you were in the band. I worked in the same fac­tory as Ed­die Clay­ton, who played gui­tar, and we’d play in the base­ment – I had a snare drum, my best friend Roy Chap­lin played tea chest bass, and we were a skif­fle band. We played wed­dings for the beer.”

THE Song I Do AT KARAOKE FRANK SI­NA­TRA

My Way

“It’d have to be ‘I Did It My Way’ [laughs for a re­ally long time]. I don’t know though. I’ve never ac­tu­ally done karaoke.”

THE BEST gig I EVER SAW ERIC CLAP­TON

“I’ve seen Eric sev­eral times, here [in LA] and else­where. I once saw him play with Car­los San­tana, who was so

‘on’ that Eric just bowed to Car­los’s on-ness. [Clap­ton’s ’60s band] Cream got back to­gether a few years ago (Royal Al­bert Hall, 2005) and that was in­deed a great, great show.”

THE Song THAT MAKES ME DANCE Chubby CHECKER

The Twist

“I dance to any­thing. I am a dancer. I’m still do­ing The Twist though. Am I still Twist­ing & Shout­ing? Of course!”

Ringo Starr’s new al­bum ‘Give More Love’ is out to­day

THIS WEEK Iggy POP

Leg­end

17 Septem­ber, 1977

“When Bowie plays gui­tar he gets nuts. His fin­gers start cramp­ing af­ter a while and he’s yelling ‘I don’t know why I’m do­ing this for you, you jerk!’”

THE BEA­TLES

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