If you remember Ringo and ‘el exilio’

Our family arrived in the U.S. from Cuba in 1964, the year The Beatles exploded. My brother and I became huge fans and continue to this day. In fact, I remember taking a car trip with my brother last year, and what were we listening to? The Beatles on satellite radio. It was wonderful and a reminder of all of those 45’s and LP’s that we owned back then.

A happy birthday to Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) who was born on this day in 1940 and turns 83 today. Ringo is one of the two surviving members of what we used to call The Fab Four. The band stopped recording 50-plus years ago, and we are still talking about it.  I guess that’s impressive.

Ringo will probably go down in history as one of the luckiest men ever born. Talk about “being in the right place at the right time” or winning the biggest lottery of all time.  “The luck of Ringo” or something like that.

In the summer of 1962, The Beatles, and new producer George Martin, walked into a studio to record their first single.  Martin settled on “Love Me Do,” a Lennon-McCartney tune, and it did reach the top 20 in the UK.  It did not chart in the US.  The B-side was “P.S. I Love You”, one of their most underrated songs!

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