A half-century has passed since The Beatles conquered America, and yet Ringo Starr remains surprised by the band’s never-ending popularity. Speaking recently with Billboard, the Fab Four drummer reminisced about the group’s body of work.

“The great thing with The Beatles’ music -- we worked very hard, and it’s still relevant today,” he said. “Those songs John and Paul wrote, and the music George and I and John and Paul played -- that’s what makes me proud. We worked very hard to make those tracks, and every sort of couple of years, a new batch of teenagers get into it. You know what I mean? It’s relevant year after year. It just amazes me.”

Ringo Starr

Starr’s forthcoming studio album, Give More Love, is slated for release on September 15. In October he’ll take his All-Starr Band back on the road.

“I have a lot of fun with audiences,” he observes, “because, you know, two things happen. They know I love them, and I know they love me. And I’m proud of the music we The Beatles made and that I’m still making. I still do my best for Give More Love just like I did for Sgt. Pepper. I just do the best I can. I’m just getting through today, and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”