Ringo Starr had his portrait taken by US photographer Richard Avedon on 29 January 1965. The shoot took place at a photographic studio in a penthouse in Thompson House, 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London.
Avedon was in London researching an assignment for the magazine Harper’s Bazaar. He had met The Beatles at the Ad Lib club.
The session yielded a shot of Starr wearing a laurel wreath, looking like a Roman emperor. The photograph was first published in the Daily Mail newspaper on 12 May 1965, under the headline “Hail, Ringo”.
Avedon subsequently took photographs of The Beatles on 11 August 1967, again at Thompson House. The group returned to the same studio for the first stop on the 28 July 1968 session which later became known as the Mad Day Out.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr album Postcards From Paradise announced
- 1970: Ringo Starr attends the US première of The Magic Christian in Los Angeles
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 18
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1964: Recording: Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, Sie Liebt Dich, Can’t Buy Me Love
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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