Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Happy Birthday, Ringo
The Beatles having proverbially set about dying in the wrong order, Ringo Starr - arguably the luckiest drummer in history - today celebrates his 70th birthday. It seems improbable and jarring (rather like the obligatory Ringo track on a Beatles LP), but it's a fact - and soon a swarm of pop and rock stars will be hitting the big 7-0, Ringo's somewhat more accomplished fellow drummer Charlie Watts for one (next June, shortly after Bob Dylan in May). Oddly, today is also the 69th birthday of two notables - Michael 'something of the night' Howard and Bill 'something of the nut' Oddie, who was to comedy roughly what Ringo was to music, but who, since moving into wildlife TV, has never looked back. In 1970 Oddie released a single of On Ilkla Moor Baht 'At, sung in the style of Joe Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends - a song originally performed, in a style all his own, by Ringo Starr. Why did Joe Cocker ever think he could better that?