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RINGO STARR is now the 4th Beatle to be inducted into the R'n'R Hall of Fame

RINGO RECOGNIZED: RINGO IS INDUCTED INTO R’n’R HALL OF FAME, APR.18, by PAUL McCartney

RINGO RECOGNIZED: The Still Down-To-Earth STARR

By Alan Chrisman (All Articles ARE written BY ALAN CHRISMAN), copyright 2012-2015.( a Praveen Patel has tried to hack them and claim them.)

Ringo was inducted into The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney on April 18, 2015.   He was the fourth Beatle to be recognized there as his own solo artist, besides the Beatles as a group.

Ringo always was portrayed as the “everyman” in the group, often overshadowed by the giant song writing talents of John and Paul and later, George Harrison. Lennon-McCartney tailored certain songs just for Ringo to sing on Beatles’ albums like “Help from My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine.” Otherwise, he mainly sang covers of his favorite country heroes like “Act Naturally.”

But Ringo was the consistent drummer on all their albums.  Ringo had replaced Pete Best just after they had gotten their record deal in 1962.  Producer George Martin, as was common in those days, hired a session drummer to fill in for Ringo on the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do.” Ringo had actually been in a more popular Liverpool group than The Beatles at the time, Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, but he had sometimes played together with the Beatles when they were both in Hamburg.   But Ringo was always much more than just a drummer while in The Beatles, for he was an integral part of that mysterious chemistry that made the Beatles, uniquely, The Beatles. And he had that same kind of off-the-wall humor.  Someone said once they were like a four-way marriage with all their personalities and talents plugged into each other. And Ringo always seemed to be the “grounder.” He not only kept the beat grounded, but sometimes the members’ egos too.

When the Beatles split in 1970, many wondered about his solo future. He had only written a couple Beatles’ songs, “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’ Garden.” So it was to everyone’s surprise when he was to have one of the most successful ex-Beatles’ solo’s albums with his Ringo album in 1973, with several big hits including the George Harrison co-written song ,“Photograph.” He would go on to have seven Top Ten hits like, “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Back Off Boogaloo “, “ You’re Sixteen”, “Only You’, etc.  Even when the other ex- Beatles sometimes were still not talking with each other much , they would still continue to appear on his albums and he theirs.

Then in the 80’s & 90’s, he put together his own of several All-Starr Bands with well-known musicians who hit the road playing their hits and his.  Ringo has continued to release albums over the years.  And he has actually turned into a pretty good co-writer and songwriter himself.  Particularly with albums like his 2008, album, Liverpool 8, it was noticeable his growing skill in that area too.  Also with that album and song, he has been writing songs looking back at his Liverpool beginnings.  Ringo has continued this on his new recently released album, Postcards from Paradise, with a song called “Rory & the Hurricanes.” It is Ringo’s 18th album.

He also has appeared in several films as well: Magic Christian Music, Candy, Caveman (where on set, he met his current wife, Barbara Bach, in 1981).  I think his best role is in That’ll Be the Day, where he plays a working-class carny at a holiday camp (similar to the ones Ringo’s band, Rory Storm, would have actually played). It perfectly captures early 60’s England just before The Beatles hit.  He is also an accomplished photographer and shot the covers for his friend, Marc Bolan’s T-Rex albums and directed a film on him.  Quite a career and life for a sickly, poor, relatively-uneducated lad named “Richie” Starkey, who only picked up drumming banging on biscuit tins with sticks in the beginning!  Ringo said he had just hoped to make enough as a Beatle to maybe open a hair dressing shop.

Like has also been leveled at Pete Best (Cynthia Lennon told me, shy Pete didn’t have the ego to compete with John and Paul’s), over the years, some have even accused Ringo of not being the best drummer.   Ringo himself has never claimed to be a trained drummer. But several other respected drummers have disagreed, crediting him with developing a whole “Ringo” sound, which many have copied.  At one point during the making of The White Album, Ringo felt left-out and walked away from the sessions, but came back when the other Beatles sent him a postcard which said “You Are the Greatest Drummer in the World- Really.” Others have said he was just lucky to have been there at the right time.  Paul McCartney has said they wouldn’t have stayed with Ringo, if they didn’t believe he was a good drummer.  It’s hard, indeed, to imagine those Beatles’ songs without his distinctive back-beat rhythms.

POstcard from the other Beatles asking Ringo to come back when he momentarily left in 1968

Postcard from the other Beatles asking Ringo to come back to the band, when he momentarily left in 1968

Ringo's famous drumset

Ringo’s famous drum set, now art R ‘n’ R Hall of Fame

Below Beatles’ postcard to Ringo asking him to return to The Beatles & Ringo’s iconic drum set on display at the R’n’R Hall Of Fame:

John Lennon said: “Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met.  Ringo was a professional drummer who sang and performed and was in one of the top groups in Britain, but especially in Liverpool.  So Ringo’s talent would have come out one way or the other … whatever that spark is, in Ringo, we all know it but can’t put our finger on it. Whether it’s acting, drumming, or singing, I don’t know. There’s something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced as an individual … Ringo is a damn good drummer.

The Beatles were more than just the sum of their parts. Ringo was and is much more than just a drummer, who happened to play in the best band in the world. He has his own personality and persona and talents and loyal following.  Ringo still seems to be that same down-to-earth star that’s such a rarity these days, especially, with whom we can all still relate.

When McCartney and rock royalty induct Ringo into the Hall of Fame, it will be time and well-deserved.  Paul and he are now receiving all kinds of accolades and still carrying on their great legacy and still performing.

Ringo has announced another tour starting in October with his All-Starr band line-up of the last 12 years to support his new album, Postcards from Paradise.  I met his 1995 All-Starr band including Billy Preston, Randy Bachman (The Guess Who and BTO), and Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals).  I’m very happy I was able to get tickets for his new show in October in Montreal, where I also saw Paul in ‘89 and George in ’74.  I also saw Paul in Ottawa in 2013. We should still see these living legends while we still can, as they continue to put on great shows.  Some things which are good, never change.  And Ringo, as I said, is like that, or as he would say, like “Peace & Love” too. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast on HBO May 30.

RINGO

RINGO’S latest album, POST CARDS FROM PARADISE, 2015

Ringo doing his rocker, “Rory & the Hurricanes” about his beginnings, from his new album, Postcards from Paradise:

https://youtu.be/HPjQcqRsqBQ

Ringo on his new album and tour:

https://youtu.be/uGdhtLV8c50

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"PAUL IS DEAD" Rumor" Clues" Collage, 1969

INSIDE STORY: THE ORIGINAL “PAUL McCARTNEY IS DEAD” RUMOR, 1969

AN INSIDE STORY: THE ORIGINAL “PAUL IS DEAD” RUMOR, 1969

By Alan Chrisman (All Articles ARE written BY ALAN CHRISMAN), copyright 2012-2015 (A Praveen Patel has tried to hack them and claim them).

In late 1969, a rumor went around the world that Paul McCartney was dead. There were supposed to be several clues on various Beatles albums that gave evidence of this. I have some inside knowledge of the whole affair because in September ’69, I was living at the University of Illinois which happened to be one of the earliest campuses where this rumor began to spread. We didn’t take it too seriously, but decided to test it by calling England late one night (there was a phone number hidden on the cover of Magical Mystery Tour and the time to call was located on the back of Sgt. Peppers’ album cover: “Wednesday morning at 5 a.m.”). To our surprise, it actually was a phone number in England, although it was busy.

This is the way I remember it first happening: My younger brother, who also went to school there, had a friend who was related to a fellow at a university in Michigan who supposedly had first discovered it. One night I was visiting my brother when the friend told us of this theory. So we tried first and then again for the next two weeks and kept getting busy signals. This just wetted our appetite and soon we were looking for more clues. As we learned more about this rumor, we began to find more and more evidence. We found many hints on Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, etc.

Actually, at first we thought the clues might have been about John (in keeping with his sometimes dark humor) because after all he had sung I Am the Walrus.  I had seen the North American premiere of the film Magical Mystery Tour in 1968 and had failed to notice that the little girl on John’s lap had said “No you’re not,” which is stressed in the liner notes too. It was actually left-handed Paul dressed as the Walrus (something Lennon was to confirm in the White Album’s Glass Onion: “here’s another clue for you all, the Walrus was Paul.”) We played backwards and slowed down such songs as Strawberry Fields Forever, which said “I buried Paul”.  We were just getting into it deeply when The Beatles released their new album, Abbey Road, in early October. And who’s on the cover, but Paul barefooted as he was a year earlier on Magical Mystery Tour crossing the street with George in denim (a grave digger), Ringo in black (undertaker), and John in white (minister or angel). The new single  from the album was for the first time to not include a McCartney song but John’s Come Together (over me) and George’s Something; in fact the whole second side could be interpreted as, perhaps, about the life of one person: Here Comes the Sun King; The End is equal to the love you make. When we heard this we believed were really on to something. Supposedly it was Paul and he had been killed in a car crash (“he blew his mind out in car” lyric from A Day In the Life) and had been replaced by an imposter. An article in our campus newspaper was soon reaching to other campuses and before long we were holding regular meetings in a large lecture hall. Now we had no idea then, just how far this would go around the world.

And for me, this happened at an especially significant time in my life. It came just as I was about to be drafted into the American army for the Vietnam War. I had already decided that I wouldn’t go and was trying to get enough guts to possibly come to Canada (as the only logical choice rather than going to jail). So in a strange way, (as Beatles music and occurrences have somehow seemed to fatefully guided me throughout my life), this Paul is Dead thing allowed me to get my mind off the momentous decision I was about to make. At these meetings I was involved in, more and more people attended and several people told things that had happened to them or their friends. Some had supposedly gotten through the phone number and had to answer three questions and been whisked away to a secret island, etc. (Yes, it was the 60’s after all!).  Now what did this mean? Was McCartney really dead? (which was one of the questions supposedly asked to the callers).  I won’t go into all the clues and theories here, but all I can say is that at that final meeting I attended (I had to leave to Canada soon after), the guy who had supposedly started the whole thing showed up and said there were indeed clues and The Beatles were trying to tell us something.

When I arrived in Ottawa in November ’69, on the magazine stand were to my amazement — several international magazines with stories on the rumor that only a few of us had first heard and with several clues listed (even a voice print which showed McCartney’s voice was different.)  So make of it what you will. Was Paul really dead?  The Beatles were soon to break up with the other three siding against Paul and some would argue that he was to later only make Silly Love Songs.   Was it perhaps just a joke by John saying, as he later wrote about Paul when he said, “Those freaks were right when they said you was dead, the sound you make is muzak to my ears”. Or was he fed up with the Beatles as was evidenced on The White Album and Let It Be and saying they were just falling apart. Why would The Beatles do such a thing, just to sell albums as some have accused? They certainly didn’t have to. Was it just a product of the times? At the very least, it shows the power that the Beatles had over us and still do. Or as the “founder” of the theory hinted at that last meeting I attended, were The Beatles trying to get across something more important? We may never really know. Intriguing anyway, over 45 years later. I have my own theories about what it all meant.  As I said in my article about The White Album, very few people according to Lennon, understood what it was about( Lennon said once only about 300 people understood what the White Album was really about) and I believe it’s all tied together. You can search and listen for the “clues” yourself. Think about it. They are still there for those smart enough to discern them.

TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN by Andru J. Reeve (a review)

After I had written my above article, I ordered and read later this excellent book that focuses mainly on how the rumor got started and how it had spread into the media. I wanted to see if it had actually happened the way I had remembered it all those years ago. I discovered first of all that I probably had been in on the early beginnings of such. As the first radio station in Detroit was not to publicize it until October 12, 1969, and I had remembered hearing of it in September almost a full month earlier just as it first surfaced. The author, in fact, interviewed several of the key participants and did exhaustive research on its evolution.

The book unfolds almost as a mystery as he tries to find its origins. And the development of the rumor becomes almost as interesting as the rumor itself. I won’t give away the contents of the book but before it was over, it led to thousands of calls a day to Apple, the Beatles’ record company, over 300 newspaper reports and coverage by all the major networks. And such unlikely occurrences as special meetings between the starters and Beatles insiders and the Beatles’ new manager, Allan Klein; a TV courtroom trial with F. Lee  Baily (yes, of O.J. Simpson fame) and even a call by Paul (or his double?) to the Detroit radio station. And most intriguing of all, a mysterious single by a Detroit singer that first hinted of Paul’s death (and published by the Beatles’ own publishing company, Maclen!) Quite amazing for something that only a handful of college kids had first “discovered”.  So it’s a fascinating story and the phenomenon is still studied as an example of a spontaneous rumor and how the “clues” remained remarkably consistent and spread so fast (and this was before the internet). So as I said above, believe what you want. But almost 45 years later people are still fascinated with it and lecturers such as Joel Glazier who provides an afterward in the book, are still given on it at Beatles conventions and colleges. The author does list many of the major clues and evaluates them systematically and some like the spoken ones on Revolution #9 and I’m So Tired are hard to refute. And after reading the book and thinking about it all these years later, I don’t think it can all be dismissed as some might think. Do I think, as everyone asks, that Paul is Dead? After all we’ve seen in the past few decades (and with the Kennedys’ deaths and John Lennon’s assassination) anything is possible. But yes, as I’ve always thought there were some “clues” there. Who put them there, we may never know, but I suspect they were put there for a purpose that few have still yet understood. It all fits in with my theory on what The Beatles have been trying to tell us all along.

Anyway, you can read the books and see for yourself. I would recommend Reeve’s book

George H. clearly pointing to

George Harrison pointing to line: “Wednesday morning at 5 a.m.”, Sgt. Peppers back cover(clue)

or for more on the clues try The Walrus was Paul by Gary Patterson (published by Simon & Shuster).

ONE FINAL NOTE ON PAUL IS DEAD:

Paul McCartney says his death “greatly exaggerated”, LIfe Magazine, Nov., 1969 (but some say there could have been a double?)

Abbey Road had many

Abbey Road had many”Clues” for “Paul is Dead” Rumor when it came out in Oct. ’69

Possible McCartney Lookalike or Replacement?

Possible McCartney Lookalike or Replacement?

Paul's

Even Paul got in the act about the “Paul is Dead” Rumor with his Paul is Live album cover, 1993

From the Official Beatles fanzine, the Beatles Book Monthly, Feb., 1967:

Stories about the Beatles are always flying around Fleet Street. The seventh of January was very icy, with dangerous conditions on the MI motorway, linking London with the Midlands, and towards the end of the day, a rumor swept London that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash on the MI. But, of course, there was absolutely no truth in it at all, as the Beatles’ Press Officer found out when he telephoned Paul’s St. John’s Wood home and was answered by Paul himself who had been home all day with black Mini Cooper safely locked up in the garage.

No comment! 

This article was first published on The Ottawa Beatles Site in 2003: http://beatles.ncf.ca/alan_chrisman.html

“PAUL McCARTNEY IS DEAD RUMOR”: INSDE STORY

“Paul Is Dead” Rumor, Life Magazine, Nov. ’69. . including “clues’ and voice print showing a ‘different’ McCartney?

EXCERPT: FROM ALAN CHRISMAN’S BOOK, “IT”S A LONG WAY HOME”(&HOW BEATLES’ MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE)

AN INSIDE STORY: THE PAUL IS DEAD RUMOR

By Alan Chrisman (All Articles ARE written BY ALAN CHRISMAN), copyright 2012-2015 (A Praveen Patel has tried to hack them and claim them). 

In late 1969, a rumor went around the world that Paul McCartney was dead. There were supposed to be several clues on various Beatles albums that gave evidence of this. And there have been two books in last couple of years that published on this topic.

I have some inside knowledge of the whole affair because in September ’69, I was living at the University of Illinois which happened to be the second campus where this rumor began to spread. And this is the way I remember it happening: My younger brother, who also went to school there, had a friend who was related to a fellow at the university in Michigan who supposedly had first discovered it. One night I was visiting my brother when the friend told us of this theory. We didn’t take it too seriously, but decided to test it by calling England late one night (there was a phone number hidden on the cover of Magical Mystery Tour and the time to call was located on the back of Sgt. Peppers’ album cover: “Wednesday morning at 5 a.m.”). To our surprise, it actually was a phone number in England, although it was busy. So we tried again for the next two weeks and kept getting busy signals. This just wetted our appetite and soon we were looking for more clues. As we learned more about this rumor, we began to find more and more evidence. We found many hints on Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, etc.

Actually, at first we thought the clues might have been about John (in keeping with his sometimes dark humor) because after all he had sung I Am the Walrus.  I had seen the North American premiere of the film Magical Mystery Tour in 1968 and had failed to notice that the little girl on John’s lap had said “No you’re not,” which is stressed in the liner notes too. It was actually left-handed Paul dressed as the Walrus (something Lennon was to confirm in the White Album’s Glass Onion: “here’s another clue for you all, the Walrus was Paul.”) We played backwards and slowed down such songs as Strawberry Fields Forever, which said “I buried Paul”.  We were just getting into it deeply when The Beatles released their new album, Abbey Road, in early October. And who’s on the cover, but Paul barefooted as he was a year earlier on Magical Mystery Tour crossing the street with George in denim (a grave digger), Ringo in black (undertaker), and John in white (minister or angel). The new single  from the album was for the first time to not include a McCartney song but John’s Come Together (over me) and George’s Something; in fact the whole second side could be interpreted as, perhaps, about the life of one person: Here Comes the Sun King; The End is equal to the love you make. When we heard this we believed were really on to something. Supposedly it was Paul and he had been killed in a car crash (“he blew his mind out in car” lyric from A Day In the Life) and had been replaced by an imposter. An article in our campus newspaper was soon reaching to other campuses and before long we were holding regular meetings in a large lecture hall. Now we had no idea then, just how far this would go around the world.

And for me, this happened at an especially significant time in my life. It came just as I was about to be drafted into the American army for the Vietnam War. I had already decided that I wouldn’t go and was trying to get enough guts to possibly come to Canada (as the only logical choice rather than going to jail). So in a strange way, (as Beatles music and occurrences have somehow seemed to fatefully guided me throughout my life), this Paul is Dead thing allowed me to get my mind off the momentous decision I was about to make. At these meetings I was involved in, more and more people attended and several people told things that had happened to them or their friends. Some had supposedly gotten through the phone number and had to answer three questions and been whisked away to a secret island, etc. (Yes, it was the 60’s after all!).  Now what did this mean? Was McCartney really dead? ( which was one of the questions supposedly asked to the callers).  I won’t go into all the clues and theories here, but all I can say is that at that final meeting I attended (I had to leave to Canada soon after), the guy who had supposedly started the whole thing showed up and said there were indeed clues and The Beatles were trying to tell us something.

When I arrived in Ottawa in November ’69, on the magazine stand were to my amazement — several international magazines with stories on the rumor that only a few of us had first heard and with several clues listed (even a voiceprint which showed McCartney’s voice was different.)  So make of it what you will. Was Paul really dead?  The Beatles were soon to break up with the other three siding against Paul and some would argue that he was to later only make Silly Love Songs.  Was it perhaps just a joke by John saying as he later wrote about Paul when he said: “Those freaks were right when they say said you was dead, the sound you make is muzak to my ears”. Or was he fed up with the Beatles as was evidenced on The White Album and Let It Be and saying they were just falling apart. Why would The Beatles do such a thing, just to sell albums as some have accused? They certainly didn’t have to. Was it just a product of the times? At the very least, it shows the power that the Beatles had over us and still do. Or as the “founder” of the theory hinted at that last meeting I attended, were The Beatles trying to get across something more important? We may never really know. Intriguing anyway, over 25 years later. I have my own theories about what it all meant. As I said in my last article about The White Album, very few people according to Lennon have understood what that was about (and I believe it’s all tied together). You can search and listen for the “clues” yourself. Think about it. They are still there for those smart enough to discern them.

TURN ME ON, DEAD MAN by Andru J. Reeve (a review)

After I had written my above article, I ordered and read over Christmas this excellent book that focuses mainly on how the rumor got started and how it had spread into the media. I wanted to see if it had actually happened the way I had remembered it all those years ago. I discovered first of all that I probably had been in on the early beginnings of such. As the first radio station in Detroit was not to publicize it until October 12, 1969, and I had remembered hearing of it in September almost a full month earlier just as it first surfaced. The author, in fact, interviewed several of the key participants and did exhaustive research on its evolvement.

The book unfolds almost as a mystery as he tries to find its origins. And the development of the rumor becomes almost as interesting as the rumor itself. I won’t give away the contents of the book but before it was over, it led to thousands of calls a day to Apple, the Beatles’ record company, over 300 newspaper reportings and coverage by all the major networks. And such unlikely occurrences as special meetings between the starters and Beatles insiders and the Beatles’ new manager, Allan Klein; a TV courtroom trial with F. Lee  Baily (yes, of O.J. Simpson fame) and even a call by Paul (or his double?) to the Detroit radio station. And most intriguing of all, a mysterious single by a Detroit singer that first hinted of Paul’s death (and by the Beatles’ own publishing company, Maclen!) Quite amazing for something that only a handful of college kids had first “discovered”. So it’s a fascinating story and the phenomenon is still studied as an example of a spontaneous rumor and how the “clues” remained remarkably consistent and spread so fast. So as I said above, believe what you want. But almost 30 years later people are still fascinated with it and lecturers such as Joel Glazier who provides an afterward in the book, are still given on it at Beatles conventions and colleges. The author does list many of the major clues and evaluates them systematically and some like the spoken ones on Revolution #9 and I’m So Tired are hard to refute. And after reading the book and thinking about it all these years later, I don’t think it can all be dismissed as some might think. Do I think, as everyone asks, that Paul is Dead? After all we’ve seen in the past few decades (and with the Kennedy ‘s deaths and John Lennon’s assassination) anything is possible. But yes, as I’ve always thought there were some “clues” there. Who put them there, we may never know, but I suspect they were put there for a purpose that few have still yet understood. It all fits in with my theory on what The Beatles have been trying to tell us all along.

Anyway, you can read the books and see for yourself. I would recommend Reeve’s book (published by Popular Culture, Ink) or for more on the clues try The Walrus was Paul by Gary Patterson (published by Simon & Shuster). Both of these books are available from Beatlemania Shoppe in T.O.

ONE FINAL NOTE ON PAUL IS DEAD:

From the Official Beatles fanzine, the Beatles Book Monthly, Feb., 1967:

Stories about the Beatles are always flying around Fleet Street. The seventh of January was very icy, with dangerous conditions on the MI motorway, linking London with the Midlands, and towards the end of the day, a rumor swept London that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash on the MI. But, of course, there was absolutely no truth in it at all, as the Beatles’ Press Officer found out when he telephoned Paul’s St. John’s Wood home and was answered by Paul himself who had been home all day with black Mini Cooper safely locked up in the garage.

No comment!

See Ottawa Beatles Site : http://beatles.ncf.ca/alan_chrisman.html

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