Thursday is former Beatles drummer, solo musician and noted emoji fan Ringo Starr's 76 birthday. The legendary artist was born July 7, 1940, and Thursday he planned to celebrate by spreading peace and love, which in recent years has become his motto.
Starr became a Beatle in 1962, helping to pen songs like "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Octopus' Garden" and "The No No Song." The famous English rock band broke up eight years later, but their place in pop culture was set. Over the past few decades, Starr has won nine Grammy Awards, published three books and released more than 15 studio albums. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
For his birthday, Starr will host a live #PeaceAndLove event in Los Angeles at noon PDT. Fans can meet up with Starr and his wife, Barbara, at the Capitol Records Tower, according to his website.
"I truly believe that, you know, the world would be a better place with peace and love. And my dream, and on my birthday, we have the peace and love moment at noon. Wherever you are, go peace and love, that one day everyone will do it. It’s like a sci-fi movie. Everyone will go 'peace and love.' Even if you don’t say it loud, the thought’s great."
“Of course I'm ambitious. What's wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.”
"I'd like to end up sort of... unforgettable."
"People only look at me as a Beatle, but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how life works, but it's not bugging me anymore."
"America: It's like Britain, only with buttons."
"I'll say it again: I love being in a band, I love playing with other human beings. I've never practiced drums unless there was another human being in the room. If you could play, I'd play with you all night. But if I'm just playing by myself, it gets boring pretty quick."
"Some of us made it to the other side. Others didn't. Who knows why?"
"Life is a great education."
"Well, they told my mother three times, 'He’ll be dead in the morning.' So God has great plans for me. I don’t know. It’s like you live your life, that’s what you do. Because of an illness, I wanted to be a musician. That’s how I started playing, and I only wanted to play drums. You know, I’m blessed because I’m still playing."
“The Beatles were just four guys that loved each other. That's all they'll ever be.”