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Ringo Starr & Keith Moon Tried To Appear On ‘Happy Days’

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Ron Howard recalls Ringo Starr and Keith Moon trying to get onto an episode of Happy Days. Howard’s eagerly awaited Beatles documentary, Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years, is set for a theatrical release on Friday (September 16th) with Hulu streaming the movie exclusively to subscribers starting the next day (September 17th.)

Howard first met John Lennon and son Julian when they popped onto the Happy Days set and watched a taping in late 1973 — prior to the show’s premiere. About a year later, the legendary drummers for both the Beatles and the Who were eager to join in onscreen with Ritchie, Fonz and the gang. Howard remembered the scene on Paramount Stage 19 when Ringo and Moon met the cast, telling, “Neither one of them were probably in much shape to remember the experience (of visiting the set). They were the wilderness years which Ringo readily admits. They actually wanted to be in a scene and Henry Winkler and I were desperate to get them on film, but it couldn’t possibly be in the episode.”

He went on to tell Billboard: “Everything stopped and the assistant director tried to keep rehearsal going, but Henry Winkler and I said him, ‘Get the f*** out of here! We’ll catch up later!’ (Then said to Ringo and Moon) ‘Anyway, how are you guys?'”

During the recording of Harry Nilsson’s 1974 Pussy Cats album, John Lennon — who produced the set — had Nilsson, Ringo, and Moon all share a beachfront Santa Monica house together. Lennon’s then-girlfriend, May Pang, explained why some of the richest and most hard partying rock stars ended up all hunkering down under the same roof: “John thought of it, it was his idea. Because, he said, if he left it to everyone — ‘cause he had not spent that much time out in L.A., and he realized that if we couldn’t get everybody to the session on time, unlike New York, then all was lost. So he said, ‘Let’s pool everybody in, into the house.’ And this way, I was driving a group, somebody else was driving a group, so that two cars would be driving and everybody would be getting to the studio on time. He just wanted everybody to be there.”

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