Five Beatles aficionados photographed by their idol Ringo Starr in famous 1964 photograph have recreated that iconic shot after half a century. The fresh-faced figures in a photograph snapped by Ringo Starr during The Beatles' first tour of America in 1964 have been identified after the Fab Four drummer appealed for a little help from his fans.
The mystery faces belonged to six 17-year-old friends who skipped classes at their New Jersey high school to join the delirious crowds desperate to see the British music sensations when they landed in New York. Starr set off the nationwide fan hunt after he included the picture of the group peering out of their car at the Beatles' limousine on a highway in his new book "Photograph".
|Then and now: the teens from New Jersey in their Chevy Impala in 1964. From left, Robert Toth, Gary Van Deursen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe and Charlie Schwartz. Photo: Ringo Starr/Genesis|
They were at Fair Lawn High School in February 1964 when they heard the news that the Beatles were about to arrive at John F Kennedy airport. "There was Gary, the guy who had the car," Mr Schwartz recalled. "He said, 'I'm going to JFK to see the Beatles.' He said, 'Are you in or are you out?' I said, 'I'm in'."
Their friends Bob Toth, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe and Matt Blender jumped in with them and they sped off to the airport.
"It's just a great shot," Starr writes in the book. "They're looking at us, and I'm photographing them."
From behind the drums to behind the lens, Ringo Starr opens his archives to share more than 250 rare and unseen photographs, with mementos and memories from his childhood, The Beatles and beyond.
Each numbered book in the PHOTOGRAPH limited edition is signed by the author Ringo Starr, who is donating all royalties to the Lotus Foundation.
Ringo Starr: 'I love pictures put together, showing different times of your life. At the time, I never thought that there would be a whole book of my photographs.'
(via Genesis Publications and Telegraph)