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No autographs for fans on Ringo's birthday

Press AssociationPress Association 7/07/2016

Ringo Starr has been joined by dozens of fans in Hollywood to celebrate his 76th birthday, but if they wanted his autograph they were out of luck.

The former Beatles drummer staged an open concert outside the Capitol Records Building, as he urged people around the world to say "peace and love" at midday.

Starr said he had no plans to reverse his decision to stop giving autographs because of concerns that signed items were being sold for profit.

He told the UK Press Association: "I don't autograph. All autographs are on stuff that I've (done). One of my paintings or something I'm involved with, and it goes to charity.

"It doesn't just go out there for other people to sell."

Starr posted a video message on his website in 2008 saying he would no longer sign memorabilia and that fan mail would be thrown away.

He later explained his decision was prompted by people selling signed items on eBay.

Starr was joined on his birthday by comedians Howie Mandel and Richard Lewis and former Eurythmics musician Dave Stewart, who performed The Beatles' song With A Little Help From My Friends.

Starr then took to the stage with Stewart to sing his 1975 hit The No No Song.

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