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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Musical Interlude: July 7, 1940

Ringo Starr is 80 years old today...

Over the last couple of decades, a three word phrase has dominated Ringo's life: "Peace and Love."

So it's not surprising that he is one of many well known and talented musicians who participate in Playing for Change, a movement dedicated to inspire and connect the world through music.

There's no need to review Ringo's life history or contribution to popular music -- there's enough of that in the real world. Instead, here's a video of Ringo, Robbie Robertson (The Band), and musicians around the world, playing The Weight, celebrating the song's 50th anniversary last year.

The notes from the video...
“The Weight,” features Ringo Starr and The Band's original member Robbie Robertson, along with musicians across 5 continents. Great songs can travel everywhere bridging what divides us and inspiring us to see how easily we all get along when the music plays. Special thanks to our partner Cambria® for helping to make this possible and to Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr and all the musicians for joining us in celebrating 50 years of this classic song.
From one old drummer to another...Happy Birthday, Ringo!


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