Proof I Am So-o-o-o-o Old!August 5, 2008
If you are a baby boomer this will make you feel R-E-A-L O-L-D! Ringo Starr, now (gulp!) 68, was the first Beatle to become a grandfather when his son Zak Starkey now (gulp!) 43, currently the drummer for The Who, had his first child, a daughter named Tatia Starkey, born on September 7, 1985. Word has now come out that Tatia, 22, has started her own band dubbed Belakis.
Are we really that old? A Beatle grandkid playing in a band?
Tatia, who looks a lot like Grandpa Ringo, never took up the drums like Dad and Granddad, instead she is a bass player and it’s being reported a pretty good one at that. Tatia’s band has already performed some gigs in London and studio recordings and more dates are in the works.
And while we’re on the subject of Beatles and Bingo Ringo (as Marc Bolan dubbed him) it was 37 years ago this past Sunday (August 3) that Ringo got his first gold record as a solo artist for his hit 45 “It Don’t Come Easy”, written by Ringo with George Harrison on guitar. It’s also one of my all time favorite songs and the lyric, “You gotta pay your dues if you want to sing the blues”, has been adopted by me as a personal philosophy to live by.
Interestingly, on that same day that Ringo got that gold record Paul McCartney announced the formation of his first post-Beatles band, Wings. The original lineup included his wife, Linda, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and drummer Denny Seiwell, who’d played on McCartney’s Ram album.