Starr sends McCartney “peace and love” on his 80th birthday
Ringo Starr sent “peace and love” to longtime friend and former teammate Paul McCartney on his 80th birthday.
The ex-Beatle was among many famous names who sent their best wishes to McCartney as he marked the milestone ahead of the Glastonbury headliner next weekend.
They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul loves you man have a nice day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace and love 😎✌️🌟❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/foex8TZa8m
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) June 17, 2022
Referencing their 1968 song Birthday, Starr wrote on Twitter: “They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul love you man have a great day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace and love .”
The drummer, who himself turned 80 last year, also shared a photo where he flashes a V sign for peace.
McCartney celebrated his birthday while touring the United States, and earlier this week was joined on stage by Jon Bon Jovi in New Jersey, who sang Happy Birthday to him with the help of some 50,000 fans.
Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown referenced the performance, tweeting, “Think we’d all love to sing Happy 80th Birthday to @PaulMcCartney today. My friend Jon Bon Jovi does it in style here.”
Next Saturday, McCartney will become Glastonbury’s oldest solo headliner when he takes to the Pyramid Stage. He also headlined the Somerset Music Festival in 2004.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has shared a series of photos of him and McCartney together over the years.
—Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) June 18, 2022
He wrote on Twitter: “A very happy 80th birthday!!”
The official Beatles Twitter account has shared a video of moments from McCartney’s decades of music on the Beatles’ anniversary track.
The Twitter account of bandmate George Harrison, who died in 2001, posted images of McCartney taken by the late musician.
BBC host Edith Bowman also tweeted: “Happy birthday legend lovely man @PaulMcCartney xxx”
And American singer-songwriter Carole King shared a photo of herself kissing McCartney captioned, “Happy birthday @paulmccartney. Welcome to the 80s.”
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) June 18, 2022
McCartney is a longtime supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) and the animal rights group paid tribute to his work on Twitter.
His official account posted, “Happy 80th birthday @PaulMcCartney.
“We love seeing you defend animals and fight for ethical change! Thank you for spreading the word about the European Citizens’ Initiative #SaveCrueltyFreeCosmetics.”
To mark the occasion, four unsigned musicians performed at McCartney’s childhood home in Liverpool.
— Carole King (@Carole_King) June 18, 2022
The National Trust, which looks after 20 Forthlin Road, hosted The Forthlin Sessions on Friday, with the recordings released on its birthday on Saturday.
The deeds – Serena Ittoo, Humm, Emily Theodora and Dullan – featured in a 16-minute video posted to the trust’s YouTube account.
The McCartney family moved into the house in 1955 and within a year their mother Mary died, leaving her husband Jim to raise 14-year-old Paul and 12-year-old Mike on their own.
Over the course of his career, McCartney’s accolades have included 18 competitive Grammys, an OBE, and two inductions into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
In 2017 he was made a member of the Order of Companions of Honor – a special award given to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, sciences, medicine or government.
His first wife Linda died in 1998 and he married Heather Mills in 2002. They separated in 2006 and divorced in 2008.
The father of five has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.