See Minneapolis musician Ben Kyle of Romantica serenade Ringo Starr at his 79th birthday party

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Most of us were content coming back from the long Fourth of July holiday weekend with simple stories of hanging out with friends and family. Minneapolis music vet Ben Kyle of Romantica notoriety, however, came back with this whopper of a tale, which he has recounted to us via e-mail:

“I had played two interpretations of his songs to the crowd gathered on Vine Street outside Capitol Records, and I was standing there on stage next to Jim Keltner who was doing a drum roll and listening to David Lynch introduce the man himself when all of a sudden I felt an arm around my shoulder. I turned around, and it was Ringo hugging me and saying, ‘Thank you brother!’”

Yep, he’s referring to that Ringo, the one from Liverpool just across the Irish Sea from Kyle’s native Belfast. The Romantica frontman was invited to perform at a public bash thrown outside the famed Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles in honor of the Beatles drummer’s 79th birthday.

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