Peace gets a chance as Ringo turns 72

  • Updated: July 8, 2012 - 5:20 PM

The 1960s mop top is gone, but Ringo Starr is still flashing a peace sign.

The former Beatle marked his 72nd birthday Saturday in Nashville by holding a "peace and love" moment at noon that he had encouraged people worldwide to join.

The idea came to him in 2008 when an interviewer asked him what he wanted for his birthday. Since then, he has held events each year in cities that have included New York, Chicago and Hamburg, Germany.

"It's sort of catching on more and more, the more we do," Starr said. "We got lots of blogs from Japan and China and all over the world saying, 'We did peace and love.' So it's working."

Hundreds of fans joined Starr at the Hard Rock Cafe, shouting "peace and love" at the assigned hour and holding two fingers in the air. The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" and the chorus of "Give Peace a Chance." One fan held up a sign declaring the last time she saw Starr in person. He pointed to her and joked, "I hugged this woman in 1964, and she still can't get over it."

Organizers presented him with a star magnolia tree that will be planted nearby. Party favors included frosted cookies and white "peace and love" rubber bracelets.

Starr's family and friends showed up, including country singer Vince Gill and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Walsh played in the 72-year-old's first All-Starr Band in 1989, which features a rotation of celebrity musicians. Now they're brothers-in-law. Walsh married Marjorie Bach, who is the sister of Starr's wife, Barbara Bach.

Barney Frank ties the knot

Rep. Barney Frank, 72, and his longtime partner, Jim Ready, 42, were married Saturday in Newton, Mass., in a low-key ceremony on the banks of the Charles River. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick officiated. The guests included Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House minority leader; Sen. John Kerry, and Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Steny H. Hoyer. Both bridegrooms said they recognized the historical significance of the ceremony, which lasted less than five minutes. Patrick told the guests that per Frank's request, "this service will be short and to the point." Frank, D-Mass., who played a central role in creating legislation intended to bring greater transparency to financial markets, became, in 1987, the first member of Congress to announce publicly that he is gay. Now, months before he retires, he is the first member to be married to a partner of the same sex. Ready has a small business doing custom awnings, carpentry, painting, welding and other general handyman services. He's also a photographer.

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