Ringo Starr, known best for his time as the drummer for The Beatles, celebrated a very special birthday on Tuesday. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon’s former band mate turned 75.
A celebration took place outside of L.A.’s Capitol Records building, underneath a giant card that read, “Happy Birthday Ringo July 7, 2015 #PEACEANDLOVE.”
Paul McCartney shared happy birthday wishes via Twitter.
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 7, 2015
Born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England, Ringo Starr wasn’t expected to live much past age seven. He got an infection that put him in a coma, and spent his seventh birthday hospitalized. Doctors didn’t expect him to survive.
In 1962 he answered a call for a local band that needed a drummer. In 1964 he joined John, Paul, and George on stage at The Ed Sullivan Show. The rest, as they say, is history.
— Gibson Guitar (@gibsonguitar) July 7, 2015
Only Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr remember The Beatles’ history firsthand, however. John Lennon was shot and killed back in 1980. George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.
Ringo Starr was the oldest of The Beatles. Paul McCartney turned 73 on June 18th.
One of Ringo Starr’s birthday wishes was to hear his fans shout out his motto, “Peace and Love!” at noon.
— billboard (@billboard) July 7, 2015
The crowd was all too happy to oblige.
Do you remember watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show back in the 1960s?
Can you believe Ringo Starr is 75 years old?