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Ringo Starr’s former girlfriend, Nancy Andrews, talks about life with Ringo and her book “A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

by Marshall Terrill

Note: This article was originally published in March 2008 on Daytrippin’s website.

[All photos copyright by Nancy Andrews]

It’s been said that rock ‘n’ roll was a boys-only club in the 1960s and 1970s.  Among the few women who gained entry was a high-spirited, half-Sicilian and half-Cherokee beauty named Nancy Lee Andrews.

A top Eileen Ford model, Andrews was the perfect complement to former Beatle Ringo Starr.  Her six-year relationship (1974-1980) and engagement with the world’s famous drummer granted her an all access pass to a world beyond the velvet rope.

Part of that access included intimate and candid photographs of Ringo Starr’s life in the seventies.  Andrews started her career on the other side of the lens in 1970 when renowned photographer Milton Greene recognized her need to click the shutter.

Encouraged by Starr, Andrews began shooting fashion for designer boutiques along Rodeo Drive and trendy Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Later she shot Starr’s publicity photos and two of his album covers, Ringo the 4th and Bad Boy.  During this time, she also snapped legendary artists George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, The Band, Keith Moon, Donovan, Harry Nilsson, Leon Russell, Dolly Parton and Carly Simon.

Her pictures and memories are preserved for posterity in the new photo book, A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Dalton Watson Fine Books). Andrews is also about to embark on a worldwide photo exhibit, showcasing her life at the peak of pop culture.

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May Pang, Nancy Lee Andrews and Shannon come together for Beatles art exhibit

By Shelley Germeaux

The National Arts Club in New York City announced on January 24 that May Pang, Shannon, and Nancy Lee Andrews will hold a fine art exhibition and book signing dedicated to the Beatles from February 8 – 15.

Called All You Need is Love, this is a Valentines Day art theme honoring the love Pang had for John Lennon, and Nancy Lee Andrews had for Ringo Starr, with never-before-seen photos of all four Beatles. Shannon, the well-renowned Beatles artist, will have an impressive display of her photo-realistic paintings.

Ringo Starr and Nancy Lee Andrews
[Photo courtesy Nancy Lee Andrews]

An artists’ reception will be held February 8 from 6-8PM by invitation only, and the exhibit is open to the public at 8pm.

Marina Deco, curator of the exhibit, said, “May, Nancy and Shannon each offer a unique view of the Beatles from the eyes of a woman in love to the artist’s creative insight. The old world atmosphere (of the National Arts Club) offers romance and history as a perfect backdrop for their work.”

Nancy Lee Andrews, photographer and model, met Ringo Starr in 1974 through John Lennon. Her photos of Ringo were featured in her book, A Dose of Rock n Roll.

May Pang grew up with music all around her and was determined to work in the industry. She met John and Yoko in 1969 while working for Apple and became their personal assistant. In 1973 during John’s separation from Yoko, she became John’s lover and companion. She has published two books about that time period, and will be signing copies of her photographic tribute to her time with John, Instamatic Karma.

Shannon is regarded as the “World’s Greatest Beatles Artist,” a name bestowed upon her by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1998. Her photographic paintings grace the walls of the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool. Her most recent piece, John Lennon at 70, will be unveiled at this exhibition.

The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South in New York City.


According to the press release, the hours for the week long exhibition are as follows:

Tuesday Feb 8 – press reception 6-8pm, open to the public at 8pm.

Wed – Fri (9th, 10th, 11th) – 11am – 5pm

Sat-Sun (12th – 13th) – please call ahead (609-865-8721)

Mon (14th) – 11-5pm

Tues (15th) – 10am – 12 noon; 3 – 5pm

Note: This article was originally published on the John Lennon Examiner column on


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