Ringo Starr turns 72 in Nashville with peace, love

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 8 at 1:06 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 1960s mop top is gone, but Ringo Starr is still showing the peace sign.

The former Beatle marked his 72nd birthday in Nashville Saturday by holding a "peace and love" moment at noon. He asked people worldwide to do the same at 12 o'clock in their own time zones.

Hundreds of fans joined Starr at Hard Rock Café, shouting "peace and love" at the magic hour and holding two fingers in the air. Celebrities such as Vince Gill and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh surrounded him on stage. The crowd sang "happy birthday" and the chorus of "Give Peace A Chance."

Organizers presented him with a star magnolia tree that will be planted nearby. He also cut a cake shaped like a flower pot with a giant sunflower growing out of it.

Starr has previously held his birthday event in Chicago, New York and Hamburg, Germany.

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Online: http://www.ringostarr.com

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Caitlin R. King covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her at: http://www.twitter.com/CaitlinRKing

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