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Beatles song 'Octopus's Garden' to be a children's book

Beatles song 'Octopus's Garden' to be a children's book

LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- Simon and Schuster Children's Books says it is turning the Beatles song, "Octopus's Garden," into a picture book with the help of British musician Ringo Starr.

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Tony Sheridan, early Beatles collaborator, dead at 72

BERLIN, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Tony Sheridan, a singer who collaborated with the Beatles during their formative years, has died in Hamburg, Germany, his family said on Facebook. He was 72.

Ringo Starr rings in 72nd birthday

NASHVILLE, July 8 (UPI) -- Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday with a star-studded concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Beatles museum to close in Germany

Beatles museum to close in Germany

HAMBURG, Germany, June 8 (UPI) -- The Beatlemania museum in Hamburg, Germany, says it is closing its doors at the end of this month after three years because of low attendance.

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The Band star Levon Helm dead at 71

The Band star Levon Helm dead at 71

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., April 19 (UPI) -- Arkansas-born rock musician and actor Levon Helm died in New York Thursday after a long battle with cancer, his family said on his Web site. He was 71.
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Helm in 'final stages' of cancer battle

Helm in 'final stages' of cancer battle

WOODSTOCK, N.Y., April 17 (UPI) -- Levon Helm's family said on his Web site Tuesday the Arkansas-born rock musician and actor is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.
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McCartney gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

McCartney gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- British singer-songwriter Paul McCartney has been presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Springsteen to perform on Grammys show

Springsteen to perform on Grammys show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are confirmed to perform at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, producers said Thursday.

Wedding bells for Paul McCartney

LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Former Beatle Paul McCartney married New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell in a London registry office Sunday in front of about a dozen witnesses.
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NYP98102101 - 21 OCTOBER 1998 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Former Beatles drummer/singer Ringo Starr feigns shyness during, October 21st, photo op at Tower Record store in New York City to promote new Mercury record recording "Ringo Starr-VH1 Story tellers Session. ep/wy/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", and The Beatles version of "Act Naturally"), as co-writer with the song "What Goes On" and primary writer with "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden".

As drummer for The Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band's music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times. Starr described himself as "your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills", technically limited by being a left-handed person playing a right-handed kit. Drummer Steve Smith said that Starr's popularity "brought forth a new paradigm" where "we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect" and that Starr "composed unique, stylistic drum parts for The Beatles songs". In 2011, Starr was picked as the fifth-best drummer of all-time by Rolling Stone readers, behind drummers such as John Bonham, Keith Moon and Neil Peart.

Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor-Beatle, playing a central role in several Beatles films, and appearing in numerous other movies, both during and after his career with The Beatles. After The Beatles' break-up in 1970, Starr achieved solo musical success with several singles and albums, and recorded with each of his fellow ex-Beatles as they too developed their post-Beatle musical careers. He has also been featured in a number of TV documentaries, hosted TV shows, and narrated the first two series of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. He currently tours with the All-Starr Band.

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