by Robert Wilkinson
Today we celebrate a merry 74th birthday of Ringo Starr, Beatle and drummer extraordinaire. He's still "rockin' on one time for us," as he once sang, and given what he's lived through this lifetime, that's no small thing. Today we have lots of videos of this singular talent.
This year I found great videos of Ringo Starr (7 July 1940) drumming with the Beatles, as well as some videos of stuff he's done since then with some of the best talent in the world. So for your enjoyment, please check out the live video performances of "It Don't Come Easy," "Photograph," and "You're 16" from his immediate post Beatle years, as well as a newer performance of "Honey Don't," written by the legendary Carl Perkins and sung by Ringo when he was "the most popular" Beatle.
Today's videos show Carl and Ringo at their best, along with Eric Clapton, who on a separate track also joins George, Elton, Leon, and Ringo live in the Concert for Bangladesh to do George's major Beatle hit "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and the haunting "Bangladesh."
I also found several live performances by Ringo doing songs he sang lead on when he was with the Beatles, including "Boys," "Honey Don't," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Don't Pass Me By," and a host of others. He really was considered one of the better drummers in Europe when he was asked to join the Beatles, so enjoy his unique style.
To finish this bunch of odds and sods, there are videos of the Beatles both live and on television, including Shindig and Ready Steady Go, both television series where lip synching was the norm, and a couple of music videos created for Ringo's post-Beatle hits. Enjoy the concerts, and a big happy merry and jolly to my mom's favorite Beatle.
My favorite clip of Ringo performing with George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Bob Dylan at the Concert for Bangladesh. A fantastic version of Ringo drumming and singing lead on "It Don't Come Easy."
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell Live in the Concert for Bangladesh. Last year I found the live performance of the song “Bangladesh,” but this year it’s nowhere to be found. Still, it’s such a powerful song, I figured you wouldn’t mind listening to it, since Ringo was one of the drummers! "Bangladesh" from the same prototypical concert for the relief of suffering humanity.
As with the title tune, last year I found clips of this amazing piece of history and some great tunes by the greatest, but this year there are literally very few to be found. Maybe next year!
Doing a song that he sang lead on when he was with with Beatles, here's
Ringo singing "It Don't Come Easy" in a live performance backed by his All Starr Band (Billy Squier, Colin Hays, Edgar Winter, Hammish Stuart, Gary Wright & Greg Bissonette) Too bad the sound is a bit distorted.
Here's Ringo doing a really great performance at the Concert for George of two songs. The first was written by Ringo and George, and the second was written by the great Carl Perkins, with Ringo on lead vocals back when he did it with the Beatles, “Photograph" and “Honey Don’t” (After these two, the clip continues with Paul McCartney performing “For You Blue,” “Something,” and “All Things Must Pass.”)
"Only You" - John Lennon & Ringo Starr music video featuring both
Here's a weird clip of Ringo and Hoyt Axton on " Boogie Woogie, Gospel,Rock and Roll Show" from 1975.doing the outro to Hoyt's song, "The No No Song." I also found a rare and extremely funny clip of Ringo and the Smothers Brothers in 1974 doing "The No No Song" complete with sight gags and a really funny end.
An interesting montage of various video performance clips of Ringo singing "A Little Help From My Friends."
From various albums over the years, here's Ringo doing "I Can Help," "I'm the Greatest," (written by John Lennon for Ringo), and "Back Off Boogaloo" with a live version of "Back Off Boogaloo" from 2005 at the second link.
Here are a couple of gems! First, here are Ringo and Paul interviewed about the deaths of John and George on Larry King, and an interesting duet by Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr doing "With a little help from my friends" live! at Radio City.
Here’s a full 89 minute concert! Ringo Starr – Legends In Concert
Here’s a full 2 hour show! Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday Concert
I found the entire 2012 concert of Ringo and his All Starr Band performing live at the Ryman in Nashville! The songs are in the order they were performed.
Here’s Ringo and the All Starr Band live at the Mohegan Sun casino in 2006 performing tunes he sang lead vocals on when he was with the Beatles!
And from about 4 weeks ago in Westbury, NY, Ringo and the All Starr Band giving us his lead vocal song from the White Album, “Don’t Pass Me By”
To continue this reeely big shew, heeeeere's THE BEATLES!
From Nov 1963, The Beatles in their legendary Royal Variety Performance
From 1964, the Beatles’ first performance in the US! A great 45 minute show of The Beatles Live at the Washington DC Coliseum
Here’s a great early live clip of Ringo and “the lads” with Ringo on lead vocals belting out “Boys”
From 1964, the 21 minute show of The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl
From the 1964 NME show, the Beatles in a live performance of “She Loves You,” “You Can't Do That,” “Twist And Shout,” and “Long Tall Sally”
From 1964, The Beatles on Television 1964
Here’s 15 minutes from 1966 of The Beatles Live in Germany
From 1964, The Beatles Live in Melbourne
The link to the entire 1965 Shea Stadium show by the Beatles is now busted. They couldn't hear a note they played or sang, and some of the kids there probably suffered ear drum damage from the decibel level of screams, which were constant throughout the concert! I also cannot find anything that links to their performance in Tokyo.
Here's footage of Ringo and the Beatles being mobbed in 1964, set to the studio version of Octopus's Garden" which featured Ringo singing lead.
For those who remember when tv show performances didn't actually allow the acts to perform their hits, here are the Beatles "performing" a couple on Shindig! circa 1964:
From 1965 in Atlanta, the full 30 minute show! The Beatles at Atlanta Stadium
Last year I found all three appearances on the Ed Sullivan show of when the Beatles hit the US and took the world by storm in 1964. This year they’re nowhere to be found.
However, I did find their live "performance" in 1964 on the British television hit series, "Ready Steady Go," we have The Beatles performing "Twist and Shout," "Roll Over Beethoven," "I Wanna Be Your Man," and "Long Tall Sally."
Please enjoy your trip to another place, space, and time, when things weren't nearly as weird as they are today. It really was a time when magic, love, and hope were in the air. And of course, keep rockin' on one time for all of us, Ringo. We all really love you!
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson