Ringo Starr flooded with messages from famous friends on his 84th birthday

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8 Jul 2024, 13:46

Ringo Starr & Barabara Bach

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Sir Ringo Starr celebrates his 84th birthday in style, surrounded by friends, family, and a flood of well-wishes from all corners of the globe.

Well, folks, The Beatles' beat-keeper Sir Ringo Starr has turned 84, and he did it with all the peace and love we’ve come to expect from the legendary drummer!

On Sunday, Ringo celebrated this milestone with his wife, Barbara Bach, and a crowd of friends and family in Los Angeles for his annual Peace and Love birthday bash.



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Looking dapper and younger than ever in a white denim jacket and graphic T-shirt, Ringo flashed his iconic peace sign as he rang in another year.

The birthday boy, whose real name is Richard Starkey, was joined by his glamorous wife of 43 years, Barbara Bach, best known for her role in the James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me.

The couple posed alongside Barbara’s sister Marjorie and her husband, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.

Joe Walsh, always the life of the party, joined Ringo on stage and got the crowd hyped by encouraging everyone to throw up double peace signs during the traditional 'Peace and Love' shout-out.

It was a sight that would make any Beatles fan nostalgic for the 1960s heyday of the Fab Four.

But the love didn’t stop there. Social media was ablaze with birthday wishes for the beloved drummer, including a touching message from his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney.

Paul took to Instagram to share a photo of him and Ringo sitting front row at his daughter Stella's Paris Fashion Week show in March.

"Happy birthday to Ringo and to my Dad! Hope Sir Richard Starkey has a fabulous day," Paul captioned, bringing a smile to fans' faces.

Paul’s children also got in on the birthday action. Fashion designer Stella McCartney and photographer Mary McCartney both posted tributes to their 'Uncle Ringo.'

Mary’s post was particularly heartwarming, featuring a snap of Ringo pointing a remote at the camera with the caption: "Happy Birthday Uncle Ringo x we love you! Peace and Love always. took this one when you were watching Coronation Street x Mary."

Meanwhile, Paul’s son James posted a selfie with Ringo, writing: "Ringo plays the drums so eloquently. I've known him since I was a kid and he's uncle Ringo to me. Happy Birthday @ringostarrmusic!"

And it wasn’t just the McCartney clan showing love. Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood wished his old friend a happy birthday with a post: "✌️It's Ringo's birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day my dear friend xxx."

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono also shared her own snap with Ringo, writing: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO! With love from Yoko, Sean and everyone at Studio One. We love you! ✌️♥️."

The celebrations come on the heels of Ringo being honored with a Legacy Award at the Musicians Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville last September.

As an inaugural recipient of the Joe Chambers Musicians Legacy Award, Ringo’s contributions to music were recognised yet again.

Ringo, Paul, John Lennon, and George Harrison skyrocketed to fame in the 1960s as The Beatles, becoming the best-selling music act of all time.

Though Ringo was the last to join the group in 1962, replacing Pete Best, he quickly cemented his place as the band’s heartbeat.

Fast forward to today, and he’s the first great-grandfather Beatle, with three children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson to his name.

Ringo and Barbara’s love story began on the set of the 1980 film Caveman and they tied the knot the following year.

Since 2008, Ringo has turned his birthday into a global event, inviting fans around the world to think, say, or post “peace and love” at noon on July 7th.

This year’s festivities in Los Angeles featured musical tributes from Diana Warren, Asa & Roy Orbison, Ben Harper, Ben Dickey, Steve Dudas, and more.

But the celebration wasn’t confined to LA; Peace & Love events took place globally, including in Australia, New York, Italy, Estonia, Mexico, Spain, and of course, Liverpool and London.

NASA even got in on the action, helping to spread the message beyond Earth’s atmosphere!

In a heartfelt video message to his fans, Ringo said: “OK, Peace and love, here we go again! Thanks for joining me on my birthday. I am so grateful to you all for helping me promote Peace & Love. I want to give special thanks to all the Peace & Love Ambassadors – we are in 34 countries!

"Thanks for doing it – and I gotta thank all the fans, peace & love – just join me in your mind, or on the bus or wherever you are on the 7th of the 7th just go Peace & Love at Noon your local time.”

After wrapping up a spring tour with his All Starr Band and releasing an EP, Crooked Boy, in April, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He also published his eighth book, Beats & Threads, last November, offering fans a glimpse into the drum kits he used with The Beatles and his fashion evolution over the past 70 years.