Belated Birthday

I admit it: I teared up a little at the end of the performance of “Birthday” during Sir Paul McCartney’s surprise appearance at Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday concert at Radio City Music Hall last week.

Ringo’s cursory knowledge of the drum part made me think of John’s famous “He’s not even the best drummer in the Beatles” quip, but that hardly gets in the way of a pretty joyful four minutes. (Steve suggested Ringo might not have even played on that one — anyone got their Mark Lewisohn book handy?)

-dn