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Behind the music: McCartney birthday surprise was tearful moment for ex-Beatle Ringo Starr
July 11, 11:19 PMBeatles ExaminerSteve Marinucci

Ringo Starr's 70th birthday celebration has certainly a wonderful "feel good" story as more details emerge of all the things around Paul McCartney's surprise appearance. We had one story the other day about a fan's encounter with Paul outside Radio City. Here's another.

Ken Dashow interviewed current Ringo Starr All-Starr Band member Gary Wright on Q104.3 "Breakfast with the Beatles" on his show Sunday morning. Wright said the surprise appearance by McCartney was arranged by Ringo's wife Barbara Bach and his brother-in-law, Joe Walsh.

He says that when Ringo came off stage after "With a Little Help From My Friends," Wright was standing beside Ringo and Barbara in the wings. She asked Ringo if he was ready for his surprise. When Ringo heard McCartney start "Birthday," Wright said, "His jaw just absolutely dropped!"

And then in seconds, he was running on stage for his drums. (In the video below, you can see Ringo racing for the drums.) Wright also said Ringo had tears in his eyes!

Later, Wright said Paul McCartney gave Gary a big hug and said how nice it was to meet him, and what a great job he did during the show. Then they rode the elevator together and Paul also told Gary that he and Nancy were sitting in the audience watching the show. McCartney said that it was the first time he'd ever seen one of Ringo's shows. He said how great he thought it was, and what a great sense of humor Ringo had during the show.

You can hear clips from the intervview on the Q104 Breakfast With the Beatles website.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-2082-Beatles-Examiner~y2010m7d11-Ringo-Starrs-McCartney-birthday-surprise-brought-tears-to-former-Beatles-eyes-says-Gary-Wright

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The first time Paul ever saw a Ringo show?

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