Ringo Starr celebrated his 76th birthday Thursday at Capital Records, and he revealed to FOX411 The Beatles were nervous about coming to America.
“Coming to America, was a most incredible moment in my life,” he said. “We landed in New York. All the music I loved came from America, and we were weeks before like unknown, and we were worried. ‘Well they don't know us there. They knew us in Denmark. They knew us in England. They knew us in Spain.’”
One of The Beatles’ most memorable performances was their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Starr recalled what their introduction, “Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles,” meant to him.
“I love the idea that 70 million people watched it, and the violence and crime went down in New York and all over America.”
That performance, 52 years ago, sticks out in Starr’s mind.
“In a weird way the Ed Sullivan show was the biggest TV we had ever [done] but we didn't know him, never saw his show and he didn't really know us,” Starr said. “It was just one of those magic moments.”
And the iconic drummer recognizes the impact he has on fans across the world.
“It makes me feel good…with music we put in a lot of work with joy,” he said. “It was never like a job, it was something we loved to do. And one of those things you couldn't predict, and even now, the kids of now are listening to our music. So it’s gone through all these generations over the last 50 years. It has a lot of longevity for 12 records these guys made in the ‘60s.”
These days, the musician is working on a new album and touring.
“Nobody wants to go on tour, that’s the hard part traveling,” he said. “You want to play, and those two hours at the end of the night make up for all of that in the car, plane, bus or whatever.”
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will pay tribute to the band through September with their exhibit, “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!”
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