Ringo Starr spared some time during the online show that marked his 80th birthday on July 7 to place on record his praise for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Unlike the usual party at the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, Ringo celebrated his birthday this year online due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The livestream, which saw the Beatles drummer sharing clips from previous concerts, also featured appearances by some of Starr’s famous friends, including Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., Sheila E., Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow and Elvis Costello, who performed Beatles covers from their respective homes.
“There’s no greater act any of us can make than to stand up and be counted when you see injustice,” said Ringo about the Black Lives Matter movement. “I don’t have to tell you that the Beatles’ early success had a lot to do with the influence we found in American artists.”
“We loved listening to Ray Charles, Little Richard is my hero, Stevie Wonder, Sister Rosetta Tharpe – I saw her live at the cabin – and my stepdad’s favorite, Billy Eckstine,” he added. “The list goes on and on. Black lives matter. Stand up and make your voice heard.”
Ringo, who is known to conduct charity events during his birthdays, marked the money raised from the livestream to four charities; Black Lives Matter, the David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid.
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