After more than 60 years in the music business, Ringo Starr has met many other musicians. There were the rest of the Beatles, of course, but former Richard Starkey has collaborated with several musicians over the years. He even contributed to a classic rock album in the early 1970s, but not as a drummer. He’s worked with many musicians over the course of his career, but Ringo once mistook “Weird Al” Yankovic for another artist and pointed it out to a concert audience, and we believe it happened while Ringo should have known better.
Ringo continued to collaborate with musicians long after the Beatles broke up
Ringo had a second acting career (which saw him watch an Oscar winner stare at a spoon), but he never stopped making music. All of the Beatles contributed to Ringo’s self-titled 1973 album (the third of his seven solo efforts in the ’70s), but they didn’t play together.
He worked with some of his close friends in various iterations of his All Starr Band. Ringo has collaborated with classic rock artists, such as Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson, Paul Simon, Tom Petty and Sheila E., as well as current musicians like Jenny Lewis, Ben Harper and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.
Thing is, Ringo has seen a lot of faces over the years, which might explain why he mistook Weird Al for another quirky musician.
Ringo Starr once pointed out Weird Al Yankovic during a concert and called him by the name of another musician
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Weird Al was never embarrassed by his love for the Beatles. He wrote a parody of “Taxman” in the early 1980s that finally saw the light of day decades later. Although he said two Fab Four songs border on new territory, he’s always been a fan. However, Ringo might not be able to say the same.
Weird Al once said that Ringo pointed at him in the audience at a concert and told the crowd that there was a star among them. The only problem was that Ringo mistook Weird Al for someone else (via YouTube):
“Once I went to see Ringo Starr. At one point during the show, Ringo stops, points at me in the audience, and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a star in the audience.” I thought, ‘Wow, that’s really cool. Ringo Starr recognized me. And he pointed at me and said, “Ladies and gentlemen – Tiny Tim!” “
Weird Al describes how Ringo Starr confused him with Tiny Tim
In the video, Weird Al acknowledges the similarities between himself and Tiny Tim. They are both eccentric musicians with a unique look. Weird Al’s long curly locks resemble Tiny Tim’s hairstyle. It may have been a cheeky joke, but the way Weird Al tells it, Ringo really confused him with Tiny Tim.
When did Ringo confuse Weird Al with Tiny Tim? It probably happened at a time when Ringo should have known better.
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Weird Al didn’t say when it happened, but we can narrow the date range.
Weird Al, born in October 1959, is said to have barely hit double digits when Ringo’s solo career began in 1970. Plus, the former Beatle barely hit the road in the 1970s. 80 years.
Ringo freed Old Wave in 1983, but he did not release another record until Ringo and his All-Star band… in 1990. He hit the road behind this album in late 1989. Otherwise, without records to promote through most of the 80s, Ringo wouldn’t have toured. Now we have gone through two decades.
Tiny Tim died in 1996. Unless Ringo heard of the news, he wouldn’t have confused Weird Al with the “Tiptoe Thru’ the Tulips” singer.
The case of mistaken identity likely occurred between Ringo’s 1989 reappearance on the music scene and Tiny Tim’s death in late 1996. Yankovic began sporting longer hair in the 1990s, and it would have been anonymous enough to Ringo’s heavily baby-boomer audience that he could have attended a concert without attracting too much attention. Until Ringo mistakes Weird Al for Tiny Tim and points it out to the crowd. Considering the parody composer was a multiple Grammy winner at the time, Ringo should have known not to confuse Weird Al with Tiny Tim.
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