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Ex-Beatle is likeable, interesting in HBO special

D 2 May 2008     H 18:32     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages

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If Richard Starkey had been a healthy child back in the late 1940s and early ’50s in his hometown of Liverpool, he would most likely never have become part of the most famous pop band in music history.
It was during one of his frequent hospital stays as a boy that the future Ringo Starr and other young patients on his ward were introduced to percussion instruments. While other youngsters grabbed tambourines and maracas, little Richard wound up with a big drum and happily pounded away on it.

"And I wanted to be a drummer from that day," he recalls.
The former Beatle’s childhood reminiscences are among the stories he shares in a new HBO special called Ringo Starr: Off the Record, which debuts tonight at 11 on the premium cable channel. Other play dates are May 11 at 5 p.m. and May 15 at 10 p.m.

The casual conversation with the former Beatles drummer is hosted by fellow musician Dave Stewart, a songwriter and record producer best known as half of the pop-rock due Eurythmics, which he formed decades ago with singer Annie Lennox.

When Stewart launched Off the Record for HBO in late 2006, interviewing Bono and The Edge from the band U2, it was to have been the start of a recurring program, along the lines of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, only featuring famous musicians instead of famous actors. But there have been no other interviews until the current one with Starr.


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