After more than 60 years in the music business, Ringo Starr has met plenty of other musicians. There was the rest of The Beatles, of course, but the former Richard Starkey collaborated with several musicians over the years. He even contributed to one classic rock album in the early 1970s, but not as a drummer. He’s worked with many musicians in his career, but Ringo once confused “Weird Al” Yankovic with another artist and pointed him out to a concert audience, and we think it happened when Ringo should have known better.
Ringo has continued collaborating with musicians long after The Beatles’ split
Ringo had a second career as an actor (which let him watch an Oscar-winner stare at a spoon), but he never quit making music. All The Beatles contributed to Ringo’s self-titled album in 1973 (the third of his seven solo efforts in the 70s), but they didn’t play together.
He’s 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.
The point is, Ringo has seen a lot of faces over the years, which might explain why he confused Weird Al for another eccentric musician.
Ringo Starr once pointed out Weird Al Yankovic during a concert and called him by another musician’s name
RELATED: George Harrison’s Son Let ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Release His Beatles Parody Song 36 Years After He Wrote It
Weird Al has never been shy about his love for The Beatles. He wrote a “Taxman” parody in the early 1980s that finally saw the light of day decades later. Even though he said two Fab Four songs verged into novelty territory, he’s always been a fan. However, Ringo might not be able to say the same thing.
Weird Al once said Ringo pointed to him in the audience during a concert and told the crowd there was a star in their midst. The only trouble was Ringo confused Weird Al with someone else (via YouTube):
“One time, I went to see Ringo Starr. At one point in the show, Ringo stops, points at me in the audience, and goes, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, we have a star in the audience.’ I thought, ‘Wow, this is really cool. Ringo Starr recognized me.’ And he points at me and goes, ‘Ladies and gentlemen — Tiny Tim!’”
Weird Al describes how Ringo Starr confused him with Tiny Tim
In the video, Weird Al owns up to the similarities between him and Tiny Tim. They are both eccentric musicians with unique looks. Weird Al’s long, curly locks resemble Tiny Tim’s hairdo. It might have been a cheeky joke, but the way Weird Al tells it, Ringo genuinely confused him with Tiny Tim.
When did Ringo mistake Weird Al for Tiny Tim? It probably happened at a time when Ringo should have known better
RELATED: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Covered a George Harrison Song Because the Beatle’s Son Asked Him To
Weird Al didn’t say when this happened, but we can narrow down the date range.
Weird Al, born in October 1959, would barely have reached double digits when Ringo’s solo career started in 1970. Plus, the former Beatle hardly hit the road in the 1970s. That puts us into the early 80s.
Ringo released Old Wave in 1983, but he didn’t put out another record until Ringo and His All-Starr Band… in 1990. He hit the road behind that album in late 1989. Otherwise, without records to promote for most of the 80s, Ringo wouldn’t have been touring. Now we’re through two decades.
Tiny Tim died in 1996. Unless Ringo didn’t hear about the news, him confusing Weird Al for the “Tiptoe Thru’ the Tulips” singer wouldn’t have happened after that.
The case of mistaken identity likely happened sometime between Ringo’s 1989 reappearance on the music scene and Tiny Tim’s late 1996 death. Yankovic started sporting longer hair in the 1990s, and he would have been anonymous enough to Ringo’s heavily baby-boomer audience that he could have attended a concert without drawing too much attention. Until Ringo confused Weird Al with Tiny Tim and pointed it out to the crowd, that is. Considering the parody songsmith was a multi-time Grammy winner by then, Ringo should have known better than to confuse Weird Al and Tiny Tim.
For more on the entertainment world and exclusive interviews, subscribe to Showbiz Cheat Sheet’s YouTube channel.
RELATED: Ringo Starr Once Said The Beatles’ Farting Caused ‘Terrible Trouble’
Source: Cheat Sheet
5 gang members plead guilty in 2018 killing of Bronx teen Lesandro
Recipe of the day: Tiramisu
D.C. school official arrested on indecent exposure charge in Maryland
All the Actually Important Stuff Neuralink Just Announced
Hawaii highway threatened as video shows Mauna Loa spewing molten lava – follow live
“Not the homosexual is perverted”: filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim turns 80
Lane Kiffin shoots down report he’ll step down at Ole Miss and take Auburn job: ‘Nice sources’
5 Thanksgiving Food Safety Mistakes That Can Make You Seriously Sick
8 Signs You Should Talk to a Doctor About Your Urinary Incontinence
For the Last Time: Body Types Are Not Trends
All the Actually Important Stuff Neuralink Just Announced
Holiday Playlist: 16 Songs to Add to Your Holiday Celebration Soundtrack
China’s Targeted Renminbi Internationalization Is Feasible
This new MIT tech gets us a step closer to ‘Star Wars’-style holograms
Quentin Tarantino Once Gave Major Props to Jennifer Garner After Working With Her on ‘Alias’
Lifestyle18 hours ago
Disney Showcases Robust Asia Pacific, Global Slate, ‘Avatar’ Footage in Singapore
Finance23 hours ago
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Hibbett, Silvergate Capital, Chemours and more
Sport24 hours ago
Dwyane Wade reacts to ex-wife’s objection to transgender daughter’s name change
Finance18 hours ago
Loss Widens At Alibaba-Backed EV Maker XPeng; Co-Founder Exits Board
Tech19 hours ago
FTX’s Sam Bankman-Fried Says He Made Secret Donations to Republicans
Tech20 hours ago
Houston Is Just the Latest Texas City to Boil Water for Safety
Lifestyle19 hours ago
‘Call My Agent,’ ‘Doctor Foster’ Adaptations Lead Disney+ Hotstar Indonesia Push
News18 hours ago
Meghan Markle ‘Missing’ Body Language ‘Red Flags’ Seen With Prince Harry’s Ex Chelsy Davy