The interviewer asked Ringo Starr: What’s your favorite Beatles song of all time?
There are too many. I like to say “Rain.”
What’s your favorite Beatles song that was sung by you?
I think “With a Little Help From My Friends.” It’s given me a whole career. I’m thankful many a time for that.
The very first time you sang lead on a Beatles song was in 1962, on a cover of “Boys,” which had been a hit for the Shirelles. It’s a song of lust for boys. What did you think about singing those lyrics at the time?
It didn’t matter to me that it was about boys. I just loved the song. I’m still doing that song every night. I was doing it with Rory [and the Hurricanes], the band before the Beatles. I thought it was humorous that I’m singing about boys.
Why has the message of peace and love become so important to you? You’re rarely photographed without flashing the peace sign.
I loved the mid-’60s, when all this peace and love started. [The Beatles] went right along with it. The press used to give me a hard time: “Oh, he’s doing that peace and love thing again.” But I’m only peace-and-loving. And they still like to sh-t on me! It’s connected to the Maharishi [the Indian spiritual leader the Beatles famously visited in 1968]. If you think to do good, then the planet will support you. It’s like a pebble in the ocean; it’s rippling out. And it will get to shore. But you can’t be impatient [laughs].
Ringo Starr has 79 years old and released in 2019 a new album called What’s My Name that had 10 tracks.