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Ringo Celebrates 70 with Birthday Bash in NYC

Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday in style with a star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Wednesday night.

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday with a star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The guest of honor, along with his All-Starr Band, treated the audience to everything from early Beatles hits (“What Goes On,” “Boys” and “Act Naturally”) to Ringo’s solo releases (“It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph”) to other rock classics (“Hang On Sloopy” and “What I Like About You”). Later, guests such as Yoko Ono, Steven Van Zandt and Joe Walsh joined the group to sing “With A Little Help From My Friends,” Ringo’s memorable vocal contribution on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The evening was capped off by a special appearance from Paul McCartney, whose bass playing paired with Ringo’s drumming to form the rhythm section of The Beatles. McCartney led the musicians onstage (including Ringo on drums) in a spirited rendition of “Birthday,” taken from the band’s 1968 self-titled release more commonly known as the White Album.

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It Was 40 Years Ago Today: ‘Abbey Road’ Released

The final album put together by The Beatles, Abbey Road was released in the United States on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1969, and is No. 8 on VH1’s Top 100 All Time Albums.

From John’s repeated “Shoot me…” at the beginning of “Come Together” to George’s melodic “Here Comes The Sun,” from Ringo’s aquatic “Octopus’s Garden” to Paul’s succession of rockers on side two, Abbey Road shows a band on the fringe of breakup while highlighting The Beatles’ musical talents as individuals (much like the White Album did).

Though it was released about seven months before Let It Be, this was the last album the group ever recorded, and Abbey Road comes to a close with the most fitting of sendoffs from Paul: “And in the end…the love you take…is equal to the love…you make.”

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