Ringo Starr

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Legal name: Richard Starkey


Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, 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, including "What Goes On" and "Flying".

Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during childhood, and as a result of prolonged hospitalisations fell behind in school. 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, which 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 that band 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 the band's 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 and hosted television shows. He also narrated the first two series of the children's television programme Thomas & Friends and portrayed "Mr Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, he has 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, who described him as "a great musician", 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." He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. Starr, who was previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988, was inducted for his solo career in 2015, making him one of 21 performers inducted more than once.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Tommy London Symphony Orchestra 4 2
1975 Two Sides of the Moon Keith Moon 3
1988 Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music From Vintage Disney Films Various Artists 1 5
1989 Act Naturally Buck Owens 1
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 3 2
2004 Jack o the Green: Small World Big Band Friends 3 Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 1
2005 Holiday Wishes - Songs for the Season Various Artists 1
2006 Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis 3
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
2014 Goin' Home The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal Various Artists 1
1991 Steal This Disc 3 Various Artists 1
1991 The Superstars Collection, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Smash 11 Various Artists 1
1993 Cabrio Classics II Various Artists 1
1994 Let There Be Drums! Volume 3: The ’70s Various Artists 1
1994 The Star Collection of the 60's 70's 80's Various Artists 1
1995 Lucille & Friends B.B. King 2
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
1998 Headliners Various Artists 1
2001 Classic Cuts Presents Party in a Box Various Artists 1
2003 40º Festivalbar 2003: Compilation rossa Various Artists 1
2003 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: Do It Again Various Artists 1
2004 The Perfect Christmas Various Artists 1
2007 Christmas Pop Various Artists 1
2007 The Best of Missing You Various Artists 1
2009 So Fresh: Songs for Christmas 2009 Various Artists 1
2009 Feten Fun: Christmas Party Various Artists 1
2010 100 Essential Christmas Songs Various Artists 1
2011 Christmas Pop Various Artists 1
2015 Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City Various Artists 2
40 Wacky Classics of the '70s Various Artists 1
Amp up the Holidays Various Artists 1
Mastermix Classic Cuts 71: Party Various Artists 1
Mastermix Professional Engineered for DJs 14: Party Various Artists 1
The Buck Owens Collection (1959-1990) Buck Owens 2

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Anthology... So Far Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison 7
1986 Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session Carl Perkins & Friends 2
1993 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Volume 2: Live From Montreux Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 1
2002 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 2
2003 Concert for George Various Artists 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Grandmaster Party 3 Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Nobody’s Child: In Aid of the Romanian Angel Appeal Various Artists 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 4: John Paul George Ringo Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Best of Soundstage Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Rock the World: Vol. 2 Various Artists 1

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