Former Beatle Ringo Starr is looking for the grown teenagers who appear in the photo taken when the legendary band made its first trip to the US. Can you help?
It has been nearly five decades since Ringo Starr snapped the photo of several teens crammed in a car in 1964, while The Beatles were on their way to an appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show”.
Ringo Starr is an avid photographer and has published a book with never before seen images of the rest of the band and some like this one, which he has kept since those days.
The famous drummer, known for his bopping head while playing some of the best known tunes in history, thinks the photo was taken in Miami, so if you were one of the teens in this car chasing down The Beatles in February of 1964, Ringo Starr wants to meet you.
Four boys and two girls are seen in the black and white photo, packed in their car waving back at band members Ringo, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison as they tried to capture the attention of the British singers.
The musician released this photo along with 240 others, in his new book titled Photograph, showing what many didn’t know, that he is an excellent photographer. The e-book was released earlier this year and a limited print version will be available in November.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Ringo Starr said he would like to meet the starstruck teens that are staring back at one of the first true rock stars of modern times. The teens would now be in their 60s.
Even though The Beatles performed in New York and Washington D.C. during that first visit to the US, Ringo Starr believes the photo in question was taken in Miami, where the band stayed for more than a week.
Some believe the picture is not from the Miami visit since all the teens are wearing coats or heavy sweaters and the roof on their convertible is not pulled down, which would be the reasonable thing to do in sunny South Florida.
However, there is an explanation for that apparent contradiction, The Miami Herald reports that historical data from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, shows there was a cold snap in Miami that week, with the temperature dipping to 44 degrees on February 20.
If you think you recognize any of the people in that photograph or you think you are part of the group, Ringo Starr wants to talk to you. Leave us a message on the space below.