Ringo Starr

  • Born Richard Starkey in Liverpool on 7 July 1940
  • He is an English musician, drummer, songwriter and actor
  • For Christmas, when he was 17, he was given a second-hand drum kit consisting of a snare drum, bass drum and a makeshift cymbal made from a rubbish bin lid
  • He briefly worked with British Rail before securing an apprenticeship as a machinist at a Liverpool school equipment manufacturer.
  • When the Beatles formed in 1960, he was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. When he left them in August 1962 to replace Pete Best.
  • He occasionally sang lead vocals with the group, usually for one song on each album, including “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from My Friends”.
  • His turns of phrase or “Ringoisms”, such as “a hard day’s night” and “tomorrow never knows”, were used as song titles by the Beatles,
  • At the height of Beatle-mania he received a telephoned death threat before a show in Montreal, and resorted to positioning his cymbals vertically in an attempt to defend against would-be assassins.
  • After the break-up of the Beatles he started a solo career – and had two number one hits in the US: “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen”
  • He has featured in numerous documentaries, hosted television shows, and narrated the children’s television program Thomas & Friends
  • He also wrote and sang the Beatles song Octopus’s Garden
  • In 1999, he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame
  • In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named him the fifth-greatest drummer of all time
  • As a solo artist he has released twenty studio albums and forty-six singles
  • His hits include: “Back Off Boogaloo”, “Photograph”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “A Hard Day’s Night” and “With a Little Help from My Friends”

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