L.A.'s Grammy Museum will open its career-spanning Ringo Starr exhibit, called, Ringo: Peace And Love on June 12th. The museum, which has previously saluted John Lennon and George Harrison with similar shows, is billing the upcoming presentation as "the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr." In addition to his musical career, the show will touch upon his activities as "an actor, philanthropist, and peace activist."
Among the one-of-a-kind memorabilia featured in the show, which runs through November, are several of Ringo's legendary drum kits -- including the Ludwig set he played during the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th, 1964, his pink Sgt. Pepper uniform, and the red raincoat he wore during the Beatles' final live performance on January 30th, 1969 on the Apple headquarters rooftop. The exhibit will also feature a virtual music lesson with the self-proclaimed "Greatest Drummer In The World." Following its L.A. showing, the exhibit will go on to run in select cities. (The Los Angeles Times)
Robert Rodriguez, author of the groundbreaking, Revolver - How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll and his two groundbreaking Beatles FAQ books, spoke about the importance of Ringo's first three rock albums of the '70s -- 1973's Ringo, 1974's Goodnight Vienna, and 1976's Ringo's Rotogravure: "I think Goodnight Vienna is as good an album as Ringo, and Ringo gets all the attention because I think you can only introduce yourself once. And, y'know, if it had been the album that came before Ringo, y'know, that would be the one everyone would be falling all over. And I think by the time of Rotogravure, it was, like he had done the act now three times. And, y'know, it's possible he could've progressed in a different direction, but I think that they're all sort of cut from the same cloth -- and it's not a bad thing, it's a good formula."
Paul McCartney announced yesterday (March 7th) that on April 20th, in commemoration of Record Store Day, he'll reissue the special 12-inch "Maybe I'm Amazed" radio-only promotional vinyl single from 1976. The promo faithfully reproduces the original release, featuring both stereo and rare mono mixes of the classic Wings hit. Side One features the 3:53 single edit of the live track from Wings Over America as well as the 5:22 album version. Side Two features both versions in stereo. Wings Over America -- which was McCartney's final chart-topping album of the '70s -- will be the next release in the ongoing Paul McCartney Archive Collection and is due out sometime in June. (Paul McCartney.com)
Denny Laine, who was McCartney's right-hand man and frequent collaborator during Wings' decade-long run, fondly remembers the band's lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, who died of a heroin overdose at age 26 in 1979: "Jimmy was more kind of tuneful and a team person. He was a younger guy, he was into playing lost of different styles -- but he was equally good at all of them."