Ringo Starr was honored in the Humanitarian category in GQ's 2014 Men of the Year awards, it was announced Tuesday. According to the UK Mirror, others honored included Van Morrison, Iggy Pop, Tony Blair and Kim Kardashian. Wait, really?
Just say no: Forty-two years after singing “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” in 1972, Paul McCartney is telling Scottish voters to say no and keep their country in the United Kingdom, the New York Daily News reported Sunday. McCartney was among a number of celebrities, including Mick Jagger, who have called for Scotland not to vote to go independent. The vote will be taken Sept. 18.
Ringo in Los Angeles: Ringo's Peace and Love show in Los Angeles that was mentioned last week will be announced soon, but we hear it will be an outdoor event.
Beatles top poll: No, that's not a headline from Mersey Beat, but the results of a Harris Poll published last week that the Beatles are America's favorite musicians, moving up from a tie for third in 2013. Elvis Presley came in a #2 and Beyoncé came in a #3.
Ringo film in Washington, D.C.: Ken Russell's notorious “Lisztomania” with Roger Daltrey and Ringo Starr will kick off a four-week festival of free showings Ken Russell films sponsored by the Library of Congress. Also to be shown are “The Music Lovers” on Sept. 12, “Mahler” on Sept. 19 and “Tommy” on Sept. 26.
Films will be shown in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. For information: call (202) 707-5502. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Information and ticket links are on the LOC website.
Rare Beatles cover album on iTunes: By accident, we discovered one of the most unintentionally (we think) funny Beatles cover albums is in the Canadian iTunes store. It's “Louis Van Dyke Plays Lennon-McCartney.” Call it E. Power Biggs meets the Beatles. His version of the Abbey Road medley from YouTube is on this page. The only way you can purchase it in the U.S. is if you have a mailing address in Canada, or a credit card with a Canadian billing address. Or a Canadian friend.