Last month, we told you a story about a surprising reunion of high school friends captured in a 1964 photo taken by none other than Ringo Starr that was featured in his new book Photograph. Now this remarkable story has an even happier ending as those now grown up teens reunited with the Beatles drummer himself 49 years later.
During Ringo and his All Star Band’s performance at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on Friday, the former Beatle invited the surviving “kids in the car” to a special behind the scenes soundcheck of the show, plus tickets to the main performance. According to USA Today, the show also coincided with the debut of Starr’s first print exhibit and release of the hardcover edition of Photograph, which features Ringo’s personal photos he’s taken over the years, including the “kids in the car.”
The six teens in the photo – Gary Van Deursen, Suzanne Rayot, Arlene Norbe, Charlie Schwartz, Bob Toth and Matt Blender (who passed away in 2011) – become overnight sensations after a nation-wide search to identify the subjects was spurred by USA Today.
Shortly after word spread, the teens were identified and brought back together 49 years later on the Today Show to recreate that now-iconic image. The show then sent them to see Ringo’s show in Las Vegas and meet the Beatle in person.
Upon meeting the fans, a cheerful Ringo welcomed them backstage saying, “Finally, we meet again!”
The fans and their guests then enjoyed private access to his soundcheck and gathered together for another photo, this time with Ringo pictured with them and all holding up peace signs.
To see the photo of Ringo with the fans, CLICK HERE.