It Seems Like Yesterday

The Beatles’ drummer, Ringo Starr, also known today as Sir Richard Starkey, married his girlfriend, Maureen Cox, at London’s Caxton Hall Register office on February 11, 1965. At the time fellow Beatle Paul McCartney was on holiday in Portugal, but John Lennon and George Harrison were there to celebrate with the couple. It was a fantasy come true, marrying a Beatle idolized by millions of young girls all over the world. And the two were so young—Ringo was 24 and Maureen only 18 at the time.

After a quick three-day honeymoon, I was to photograph the couple. Ringo was playing the drums when I arrived at his apartment in a mews not too far from the famed department store, Harrods. They were quite relaxed and seemed very happy. Maureen looked adoringly at Ringo the entire time I was there, which was quite endearing.

John Lennon had married Cynthia Powell in 1962 and had a young son, Julian, by the time of Ringo’s marriage. The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, made certain the two wives were kept in the background out of the limelight, as he felt the Beatles fans definitely did not want to think about their idols being married.

Ringo and Maureen divorced exactly 10 years later, having had three children together. They each went on to marry others—more and more the norm. Sometimes fairy tales turn into real life.