Ringo Starr

~ Person

Legal name: Richard Starkey


Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. On most of the band's albums, he sang lead vocals for one song, including "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine" and their cover of "Act Naturally". He also wrote the Beatles' songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden", and is credited as a co-writer of others, such as "What Goes On" and "Flying".

Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during his childhood, and as a result of prolonged hospitalisations, fell behind scholastically. In 1955, he entered the workforce and briefly held a position with British Rail before securing an apprenticeship at a Liverpool equipment manufacturer. Soon afterwards, he became interested in the UK skiffle craze, developing a fervent admiration for the genre. In 1957, he cofounded his first band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, and they earned several prestigious local bookings before the fad succumbed to American rock and roll by early 1958.

When the Beatles formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. After achieving moderate success with them in the UK and Hamburg, he quit the Hurricanes and joined the Beatles in August 1962, replacing Pete Best. Starr played key roles in the Beatles' films and appeared in numerous others. After their break-up in 1970, he released several successful singles including the US number four hit "It Don't Come Easy", and number ones "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen". In 1972, he released his most successful UK single, "Back Off Boogaloo", which peaked at number two. He achieved commercial and critical success with his 1973 album Ringo, which was a top ten release in both the UK and the US. He has been featured in a number of documentaries, hosted television shows, narrated the first two seasons of the children's television series Thomas & Friends and portrayed "Mr Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, he has successfully toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

Starr's creative contribution to music has received praise from drummers such as Phil Collins and Steve Smith, who commented: "Before Ringo, drum stars were measured by their soloing ability and virtuosity. Ringo's popularity brought forth a new paradigm ... we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect ... His parts are so signature to the songs that you can listen to a Ringo drum part without the rest of the music and still identify the song." In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Sentimental Journey 2
1970 Beaucoups of Blues 4
1973 Ringo 5
1974 Goodnight Vienna 2
1976 Ringo's Rotogravure 3
1977 Ringo the 4th 1
1978 Bad Boy 2
1981 Stop and Smell the Roses 2
1983 Old Wave 2
1992 Time Takes Time 2
1998 Vertical Man 3
1999 I Wanna Be Santa Claus 2
2003 Ringo Rama 1
2005 Choose Love 2
2008 Liverpool 8 3
2010 Y Not 2
2012 Ringo 2012 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1987 Blast From Your Past Compilation 1
1989 Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Volume 2 Compilation 1
2007 Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr Compilation 4
2008 Ringo 5.1: The Surround Sound Collection Compilation 1
Goodnight Vienna: Rotogravure Compilation 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2001 The Anthology... So Far Compilation Live 3

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Live 1
1993 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Volume 2: Live From Montreux Live 1
1997 Ringo Starr And His Third All-Starr Band, Volume 1 Live 1
1998 VH1 Storytellers Live 1
2002 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band Live 1
2003 Extended Versions Live 1
2004 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band: Tour 2003 Live 1
2006 Ringo Starr and Friends Live 1
2007 Live at Soundstage Live 1
2008 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band: Live 2006 Live 1
2010 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band: Live at the Greek Theatre 2008 Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1977 Scouse the Mouse Soundtrack 1


Year Title Rating Releases
1971 It Don't Come Easy 2
1973 Photograph 1
2012 Wings 1

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