By Andy Doerschuk June 29, 2010
(Above) William F. Ludwig II presents Ringo Starr with a gold-plated snare drum in 1964
To honor Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday (70? Really?) New York City’s Metropolitan Museum Of Art will display a gold-plated Ludwig snare drum presented to the former Beatle during the band’s historic 1964 tour of the United States. The famous snare was given to Starr by William F. Ludwig II in appreciation for the drummer’s significant contribution to popularizing the Ludwig brand (Starr played a Ludwig Oyster Pearl kit during The Beatles’ legendary 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show). The Met will display the snare drum from July 7 (Starr’s birthday) through December.
In a related story, Starr will appear on the first episode of the PBS series, Live From The Artists Den, with a performance taped at the Met, which will air the week of his birthday.