Beatles great Ringo Starr: "I still miss my band brothers"
By Michelle Fiddler
3 April 2015
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Former Beatle Ringo Starr
Former Beatle Ringo Starr says he still misses his “brothers” in the band and he is “really proud” of the music they made.
Remembering the times when record labels turned down the Liverpool band, who would go on to be one of the most influential groups in pop, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We proved everybody wrong that music is more important than a name.
"We made some great music and I am really proud of it to this day.”
The Beatles dominated the global music scene from 1962 to 1970 and Starr’s role was as peacemaker to bandmates John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
He said: “I could keep the peace - if ever there was an explosion within the Beatles, usually we got back together in my house and that is how it was.
“We all had personality. We were four brothers. We all loved each other deeply but you get up one morning, you are in a bad mood and it just gets too big and things happen.
“I was in a band suddenly with three brothers. Yeah, I do miss the others - you can’t not miss your brothers.”
Starr, 74, said he has decided “to do my autobiography on record, not in a book”. The album is called Postcards from Paradise.
The Beatles split up in 1970 but each of them went on to have successful solo careers including McCartney, now Sir Paul, who is still recording top-selling tracks.
Lennon was going back to his flat in New York when he was shot dead by a fan who wanted him to autograph a record in December 1980.
Harrison, who survived a stabbing after an intruder broke into his house in 1999, died after a long battle with cancer in November 2001.
Ringo Starr: 'We proved music is more than just a name'
James Naughtie spoke to Ringo Starr about the influences on his 18th studio album, Postcards from Paradise.
Ringo Starr is still recording as he approaches his 75th birthday and on the album's first track, he recollects life before The Beatles.
"I've decided to do my autobiography on record, not in a book," he said.
Starr recalled being asked to help out Lennon, McCartney and Harrison in 1962.
"We proved everybody wrong that music is more than a name," he said.
Release date: 03 Apr 2015