Beatles Fans Recreate Famous 1964 Photo Taken By Ringo StarrBY Jeff Racheff on October 29, 2013
Five friends are reunited, and Ringo Starr couldn’t be happier. A 50-year-old photographic mystery was solved when five Beatles fans got back together to recreate a classic photo taken by Starr during The Beatles’ first trip to the United States in 1964.
Last week Starr wondered about the identities of the five young fans seen in the picture. The former drummer snapped the picture when their Chevy Impala rolled up next to his limousine when the Fab 4 visited New York City for the first time.
“They’re looking at us, and I’m photographing them,” Starr writes in his new book, Photograph.
NBC found the five fans, now all in their 60′s, and arranged to have them flown out to appear on the Today Show to talk about the moment they were captured in Ringo’s photograph. They even recreated the famous image.
“When Ringo rolled down the window, of course we were so excited,” said passenger Suzanne Rayot. “He said ‘hello, love’. I didn’t know who he was saying that to — but I hoped it was me.”
Gary Van Deursen, the toothy face behind the wheel, called the entire experience “unbelievable.”
“I didn’t know he’d even taken a picture!” he said.
And now the group gets to meet the photographer himself. NBC is flying them out to Las Vegas to meet Ringo, where they can finally reminisce about the famous photograph.
“How great that they found these people! And how cool to now know a little of their story and what that moment was like from their perspective,” Starr said in a statement. “I look forward to meeting them.”
Ringo Starr’s new book, Photograph, which releases on Nov. 22, showcases over 250 rare and unseen images from his childhood and his days with The Beatles. Read more about it here.