Celebrate Ringo Starr’s birthday with specials all week long on The Beatles Channel
Ringo Starr is celebrating his 82nd birthday all week on The Beatles Channel (Ch. 18) and on the SXM App! Hear him host a special birthday mix show, picking some of his favourites by The Beatles, from his solo career and songs by artists who influenced him. Plus, a listener-voted countdown, Guest DJs from legendary drummers paying tribute to Ringo and much more throughout the week. See the full broadcast schedule below.
On July 7, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Starkey will be joined on his birthday by family and friends, including current All-Starrs Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, as well as friends Benmont Tench, Jim Keltner, Richard Marx, Matt Sorum, Ed Begley Jr, Linda Perry, Diane Warren, Roy Jr and Alex Orbison.
They will gather together in Los Angeles for Ringo’s annual Peace & Love Birthday event, sponsored by SiriusXM The Beatles Channel, and at noon give the traditional “Peace and Love” exclamation. This year, Artemis Music Space Network through the International Space Station (ISS) will amplify that message not only to the entire planet but up into Earth’s orbit and to the stars.
At noon, Ringo will signal the Artemis Mission Control Center in Houston, TX, to beam his message and music — Ringo’s 2021 single release “Let’s Change The World” and his “Star Song” (the music the stars made upon his birth as mapped out by Artemis) — to the International Space Station (ISS), where it will orbit around the Earth, passing over many countries and much of the Earth’s population and beaming back down messages of peace and love while also travelling out to distant stars.
Prior to this, musicians including Langhorne Slim and Sawyer Fredericks will celebrate Ringo’s music with tribute performances.
The global celebrations continue to be confirmed and so far include 26, beginning in Sydney, Australia, where Today’s Karl Stefanovic has the first Noon “Peace & Love” event of the day. It then continues with events in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; Moscow, Russia; Athens, Greece; Jerusalem, Israel; Ticino, Switzerland; Halle, Germany; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Venice, Italy; London, England; Buenos Aires and Chascomús, Argentina; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Panama City, Panama; San Salvador, El Salvador; Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Stateside in New York City, New York; Interlochen, MI (Interlochen Center for the Arts); Cleveland, OH (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum); Fairfield, IA (Marharshi University) and Los Angeles, California (Ringo usually invites fans to join him in person, however, this year the gathering in Los Angeles could not be made public to adhere to city ordinances). This year also sees the first “Peace and Love” celebration in South Africa, where people in Yeoville, Johannesburg will gather at Noon and participate at the Friday Hartley Shelter.
Broadcast Schedule (all times ET)
Ringo Starr’s Birthday Mix
July 7 at 11 am and 9 pm
July 8 at 3 pm
July 9 at 12 am
July 10 at 11 am
Ringo Starr’s Favorite Drumming Moments
Ringo takes control of The Beatles Channel with a playlist of hand-selected songs by The Fab Four and more featuring his favourite drum moments.
July 7 at 4 pm
July 8 at 11 am
Gregg Bissionette Guest DJ
Ringo’s drummer for over 15 years, Gregg Bissionette will feature his favourite drumming moments from Ringo Starr in The Beatles.
July 7 at 1 pm
July 8 at 9 pm
July 9 at 3 pm
July 10 at 1 pm
8 Songs A Week
It’s a special birthday mix dedicated to one of the most iconic drummers, musicians and singers in history — Ringo Starr. Which song with Ringo on lead vocals did fans decide is their favourite Find out on an all-new 8 Songs A Week plus 2, hosted by Meg Griffin.
July 8 at 2 pm
July 9 at 10 am
July 10 at 1 pm
July 11 at 12 pm
Magical Ringo Maxi Concert
30 minutes of Ringo hits (Beatles and solo) captured live and assembled into one magical Ringo maxi concert.
July 9 at 9 pm
Dennis Elsas, Bill Flanagan and Tom Frangione will host a birthday tribute to Ringo Starr, featuring former members of Ringo’s All Starr Band including Ringo’s current drummer Gregg Bissionette and All Starr Band Musical Director Mark Rivera. Plus lots of other Ringo topics!
July 6 at 9 pm
July 9 at 7 am
July 10 at 6 pm
Breakfast With The Beatles
Chris Carter will feature 3 hours of Ringo Starr music on his morning show.
July 7 at 8 am
Dark Horse Radio
For Ringo’s birthday, Laura Cantrell celebrates by exploring Ringo’s musical friendship with George Harrison.
July 7 at 3pm
July 9 at 11 pm
July 10 at 4 pm
July 13 at 12 pm
Bill Flanagan celebrates Ringo’s Birthday with a show dedicated to his work as a session drummer. He’ll play songs Ringo drummed on, featuring artists like Stephen Stills, Howlin’ Wolf, Joe Walsh, Tom Petty and of course, John, Paul and George.
July 4 at 11 pm
July 8 at 12 am
July 9 at 7 pm
July 10 at 6 am
Way Beyond Compare
Host Tom Fragione dedicates this week’s show to Ringo Starr for his Birthday as he features rarities, alternate takes and demos of songs featuring Ringo.
July 4 at 2 pm
July 5 at 11 pm
July 8 at 4 pm
July 10 at 10 am
My Fab Fours: Rock Drummers
Hear some of rock’s most legendary drummers each pick their four favourite songs by The Beatles where Ringo stands out the most to them. They’ll discuss how Ringo Starr’s drumming influenced their careers.
Max Weinberg – E Street Band
July 4 at 10 pm
Peter Criss – Original Kiss Drummer
July 10 at 2 pm
Simon Kirke – Bad Company & Free Drummer
July 7 at 7 am
Tico Torres – Bon Jovi Drummer
July 9 at 10pm
Denny Seiwell – Original Wings Drummer
July 10 at 9 pm
Steve Jordan – Drummer for The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, John Mayer & Eric Clapton, SiriusXM Host
July 6 at 2 pm
Dennis Diken – Drummer – The Smithereens
July 5 at 3 pm
Liberty Devitto – Former Billy Joel Drummer For 30 Years
July 9 at 11 am
Alvin Taylor – Drummer – George Harrison, Elton John, Eric Clapton
July 4 at 7 am