Ringo Starr Meets Mystery Beatles Fans in Vegas
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band have finished up their tour at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. As an added bonus, Starr ended the tour by meeting up with fans that he photographed in 1964.Forty-nine years ago six teenagers from New Jersey skipped school to see the Beatles arrive in the US and ended up being captured in a now famous photo taken by Ringo Starr. Last weekend the five surviving fans finally got the chance to meet Starr after revealing their identities in October.
Arlene Norbe, Gary Van Deursen, Suzanne Rayot, Charlie Schwartz and Bob Toth met Starr at an exhibition of his photography and saw his band play at the casino. The photo was taken when the fans were driving past the Beatles’ motorcade and Starr stuck his camera out the window for a quick shot.
For years the identity of those in the photograph was a mystery and it was only solved after an article in USA Today started a nationwide search. The fans were found and finally brought to meet Starr in Vegas.
Starr said, “That photo became much bigger than I thought it ever would. I mean, I just put it in the book because it’s a great shot and then, suddenly in America, everyone was trying to find them!”