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Ringo Starr reminisces about the boys in the band - and gives Jonathan an impromptu haircut

Category: TV Ent

Date: 22.10.2004
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Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 10.35pm, 22 October, BBC ONE


Legendary Beatle Ringo Starr talks song-writing, sobriety and stardom with Jonathan Ross this Friday - and he has a surprise for Jonathan when he challenges him to let him cut his hair for charity: "It's time. You're like Goldilocks!"


Starr, whose new book, Postcards From The Boys, is published this week in aid of his charity The Lotus Foundation, talks about his fellow Beatles: "I love those boys - we've never been called men."


Starr reveals that he wasn't the only drummer in the band - "John loved to play drums. The other two wanted to be drummers too" - and that he nearly quit at the height of their success:


"[In 1968] I thought I can't play any more, just one of those moments, I thought it's useless, that the other three were very close.


"I went knocking on John's door and said I'm leaving."


Starr reveals that he contributed to Lennon/McCartney classics like Eleanor Rigby (he wrote the line 'Father Mackenzie, reading a sermon that no-one will hear') and suggested the titles for A Hard Day's Night and Eight Days A Week.


Starr says that one of his favourite songs is Day Tripper and that he has no regrets about never reuniting after the band split: "We talked about it twice but we said no. It had gone. We were a great band, [and] the music still holds up."


He is still in touch with his fellow surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney: "Last time he called me was on his birthday. He said, 'Guess where I am? At John Lennon Airport!'


"We're still having fun, you know."


Starr also talks about his long-standing sobriety - "If I drank at Christmas I'd forget what I had to do in February! - and his musician son Zak:


"He's with The Who half the time, and now Oasis. I did all that father stuff, 'Go to university!', [but] he said, 'I'm a musician dad, I'm leaving.'"


Jonathan also welcomes to the show champion jockey Frankie Dettori; cult comedian Rob Brydon; and there's music from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.



Category: TV Ent

Date: 22.10.2004
Printable version


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