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Ringo Starr had always loved country and western music. Back in 1959, he had joined an English group called The Raving Texans. He took the stage name Ringo not only because of the rings he wore, but also in honor of “Johnny Ringo,” a real life cowboy involved in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

When the Beatles and Rolling Stones barnstormed across America in 1964 and 1965, many parts of the US only had country radio stations. The exposure deepened the bands’ affection for the genre. READ MORE

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Ringo Starr Realizes a Dream With His 1970 Country Album was originally published on mycolumbusjack.com

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