Ringo Starr

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Ringo Starr MBE (born Richard Starkey; 7 July 1940) 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 the US 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. Although he continued to record and remained a familiar celebrity presence, by 1975 his solo career had diminished in importance. 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1975 Two Sides of the Moon Keith Moon 3
1988 Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films Various Artists 5
1992 Weight of the World Various Artists 3
1995 For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson Various Artists 1
1996 Go Cat Go! Carl Perkins 1
2004 Jack o the Green: Small World Big Band Friends 3 Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2006 Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis 2
2007 Mr Music Country 2007-04 Various Artists 1
2010 Mean Old Man Jerry Lee Lewis 3
2011 Listen to Me: Buddy Holly Various Artists 2
Act Naturally Buck Owens 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Steal This Disc 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 3 Compilation Various Artists 1
1992 Smash 11 Compilation Various Artists 1
1993 Cabrio Classics II Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 Let There Be Drums! Volume 3: The '70s Compilation Various Artists 1
1994 The Star Collection of the 60's 70's 80's Compilation Various Artists 1
1995 Lucille & Friends Compilation B.B. King 2
1998 Headliners Compilation Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Cuts Presents Party in a Box Compilation Various Artists 1
2003 40º Festivalbar 2003: Compilation rossa Compilation Various Artists 1
2003 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: Do It Again Compilation Various Artists 1
2004 The Perfect Christmas Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 Christmas Pop Compilation Various Artists 1
2007 The Best of Missing You Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 So Fresh: Songs for Christmas 2009 Compilation Various Artists 1
2009 Feten Fun: Christmas Party Compilation Various Artists 1
40 Wacky Classics of the '70s Compilation Various Artists 1
Amp up the Holidays Compilation Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 71: Party Compilation Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 14: Party Compilation Various Artists 1
Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal Compilation Various Artists 1
The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990) Compilation Buck Owens 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 The Concert for Bangladesh Live George Harrison 4
2002 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band Live Various Artists 1
2003 Concert for George Live Various Artists 2
2006 Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session Live Carl Perkins & Friends 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Grandmaster Party 3 Remix Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1972 Tommy (London Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Choir) Soundtrack The Who 4
1991 Curly Sue Soundtrack Georges Delerue 1
1994 Getting Even With Dad Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2009 Tommy (As Performed By The London Symphony Orchestra featuring Guest Soloists) Soundtrack London Symphony Orchestra 1
2009 Funny People Soundtrack Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Best of Soundstage Various Artists 1

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