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December 8, 2009 | By Tony Perry
Reporting from Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan -- It's a rare day when a Marine gladly depends on a dogface. But in the Marines' efforts to remove the threat of roadside bombs buried by insurgents, one of their best weapons is the keen nose of a 3-year-old black Labrador named Ringo. Ringo is credited with finding 10 improvised explosive devices in the last six months while on route-clearance patrol with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2 of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.
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January 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Who better to inspire a little help from your friends than Ringo Starr? That appeared to be the thought process for filmmaker David Lynch in seeking an honoree to headline a benefit for his foundation, which was created to promote Transcendental Meditation to schoolchildren, military veterans, victims of domestic abuse and others. On Monday at the El Rey Theatre, Lynch presented the ex-Beatle with a hefty award in recognition of Starr's “lifetime of Peace & Love”  during an evening that featured an abundance of the drummer's friends and fans.
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May 13, 1993
'Cause I'm the tax man, yeah, I'm the tax man, and you're working for no one but me: John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bill Clinton. JOHN JAEGER Irvine
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December 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
During my recent interview with author Mark Lewisohn about his monumental new biography of the Beatles, “Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years,” he very briefly let slip a comment that might qualify as favoritism, something that doesn't figure into the book itself, an even-handed, deeply researched account not only of the group itself but also of the world they entered and eventually changed with their music. At 944 pages, it's an imposing book, all the more so when you realize it's the first of three volumes, the other two expected to land successively six or seven years down the line from the first installment.
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June 18, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It's not the most original conceit: blending rappers with the Beatles to create a new work. It's how Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton first made his name in 2004  with his "Grey Album,' which mixed a cappella recordings of Jay-Z rapping from his "Black Album" with reworked songs from the Beatles' self-titled record known as "The White Album. "  But done properly, as DJ BC has with "Ill Submarine," the results can be a lot of fun. The third volume of his so-called Beastles project once again proves how well-suited the Beatles' music is for co-opting and transforming.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
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April 16, 1993 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Your mother warned you when you started dating that boys would demand certain things. But she never explained that one of them would be standing in line for concert tickets. By yourself. In the rain. So how is it that you find yourself one Saturday--at an hour usually reserved for delivering papers and flying to Europe--waiting at Tower Records in Sherman Oaks to buy Paul McCartney tickets?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 1996 | the Calendar Staff
Quick: What's scarier? The possibility of civil war in Russia? The portent of flare-ups in South Africa, Northern Ireland and Haiti? Those pesky Kurds, Iraqis, Somalis, Serbs and Bosnians threatening to put down the peace pipe and have us over for rations again? Or is it knowing that any one of these scenarios, developed into a series and unjudiciously dropped into NBC's Must-Leave-the-TV-On-for-"ER" 9:30 Thursday slot, would almost certainly get at least a 24 share too?
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September 10, 1985 | From United Press international
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr "is delighted" to become the first member of the Fab Four to become a grandfather, a spokeswoman said Monday. The 45-year-old Starr, who rocketed to fame as one of the four mop-topped lads from Liverpool in the 1960s, became a grandfather over the weekend when his daughter-in-law gave birth to a healthy 7-pound, 2-ounce girl, marking a new milestone as the Beatles advance into middle age.
REAL ESTATE
July 7, 1991 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Beatles drummer RINGO STARR and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, have bought a home in Beverly Hills for about $3.3 million. The couple, who were renting, paid cash and took title under the name of a holding company, sources said. Starr, who at 50 is an elder statesmen of rock 'n' roll, released a compact disc a few months ago that was recorded in concert during his All-Starr Band tour in 1989 with eight veteran rockers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Slide shows of amateur photography aren't usually premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, but when you're a Beatle, rules are often bent. "That's one of me!" said Ringo Starr excitedly when he saw his face on the big screen Wednesday. "I like that one!" Starr, 73, was kicking off a day of media interviews pegged to the publication of his visual autobiography, "Photograph," and his forthcoming All-Starr Band tour of South America and Mexico. He offered up dozens of photos of, or by, himself and the three bandmates he refers to as "the lads" - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
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October 24, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Conventional wisdom about the Beatles' arrival in the United States in February 1964 for their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is that it was a watershed cultural moment---for Americans. Beatlemania, however, had already been raging back home in England, and in the days before global telecasts were commonplace, the band's journey to the States didn't have anywhere near the same impact on the British. Except for a certain four young Liverpudlians. PHOTOS: 'The Early Beatles Collection' “The Americans will never understand it, but all the music we loved came from America,” Ringo Starr told Pop & Hiss on Wednesday following a brief performance for media and a few invited fans to preview his upcoming tour of Mexico and South America, which opens Tuesday (Oct.
AUTOS
October 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Ringo Starr may have gotten by with a little help from his friends, but he got around with a little help from his cars. One of which is now headed to auction. Bonhams auction house announced Thursday that it will be selling Starr's 1964 Facel Vega Facel II at a London auction on Dec. 1. The car is estimated to sell for $485,000 to $566,000. "As Ringo drove this car, he would have listened on the car radio to the Beatles' total domination of the pop charts," said Sholto Gilbertson, a director in the Bonhams collector car department.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
If anyone has the right to release a new single that's unabashedly Beatle-esque, it'd be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.) “New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It's Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney's ever done.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
It's not the most original conceit: blending rappers with the Beatles to create a new work. It's how Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton first made his name in 2004  with his "Grey Album,' which mixed a cappella recordings of Jay-Z rapping from his "Black Album" with reworked songs from the Beatles' self-titled record known as "The White Album. "  But done properly, as DJ BC has with "Ill Submarine," the results can be a lot of fun. The third volume of his so-called Beastles project once again proves how well-suited the Beatles' music is for co-opting and transforming.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Ringo Starr was never known as a songwriting Beatle -- that honor went to John Lennon and Paul McCartney first, with George Harrison far behind. And far behind that was drummer Ringo. But now Starr, born Richard Starkey, is writing a children's book based on one of those rarities, the second song he ever wrote: "Octopus's Garden. " Simon & Schuster Children's Books will publish a picture book based on the song, which appeared on the Beatles album "Abbey Road," in October in Britain and January 2014 in the U.S. “It's an honor to publish such a music legend,” Jon Stewart, Simon & Schuster Childrens' Books president and publisher, said in a statement.
NEWS
October 8, 1996
Ted Daffan, 84, honky-tonk singer, songwriter and steel guitarist best known for writing and recording the 1940s hit "Born to Lose." The song, which has been recorded by 120 artists, earned even wider popularity in the 1960s, going platinum when Ray Charles mad a record of it. Among the singers who have recorded Daffan songs are Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, George Jones and Ringo Starr.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
A city council committee in Liverpool, England, has approved the demolition of a childhood home of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, concluding that the property had no historical significance. The Victorian terraced house is one of 460 properties marked for demolition for a redevelopment project. "Ringo Starr lived in the Madryn Street house for about three months before he moved to Admiral Grove, where he lived for about 20 years," said Flo Clucas, the council's executive member for housing.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ringo Starr stopped into the Grammy Museum in L.A. on Tuesday to give the media a preview of the new exhibition “Ringo: Peace & Love,” which opens Wednesday. The first major exploration of the life and career of the man born Richard Starkey, it's also the museum's first exhibit dedicated to a drummer, one described Tuesday by museum executive director Robert Santelli as “the most important drummer in the history of rock 'n' roll.” Starr said that just last year he and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, had decided to start archiving various bits of memorabilia that have been stashed away across more than half a century.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Ringo Starr has decided to share his photographs taken before, during and after his time as a member of the Beatles in “Photograph,” first to be published June 12 as an e-book, and later this year in physical form. “These are shots no one else could have,” Starr said in a statement with the announcement of the book, coming in conjunction with the Grammy Museum's new “Ringo: Peace & Love” exhibition focusing on Starr's career, the first major museum look devoted to the drummer's life and music.
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