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Ringo Starr (1940)

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Richard Starkey, MBE better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", and The Beatles version of "Act Naturally"), as co-writer with the song "What Goes On" and writer with "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden".

As drummer for The Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band's music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times. Starr described himself as "your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills", technically limited by being a left-handed person playing a right-handed kit. Drummer Steve Smith said that Starr's popularity "brought forth a new paradigm" where "we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect" and that Starr "composed unique, stylistic drum parts for The Beatles songs". In 2011, Starr was picked as the fifth-best drummer of all-time by Rolling Stone readers.

Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor-Beatle, playing a central role in several Beatles films, and appearing in numerous other movies, both during and after his career with The Beatles. After The Beatles' break-up in 1970, Starr achieved solo musical success with several singles and albums, and recorded with each of his fellow ex-Beatles as they too developed their post-Beatle musical careers. He has also been featured in a number of TV documentaries, hosted TV shows, narrated the first two series of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and portrayed "Mr. Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, Starr has toured with eleven versions of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

  Biography  

 early life
Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool, England, the son of Elsie (née Gleave) and Richard Starkey, a confectioner. His paternal grandfather was born with the surname "Parkin", and later adopted his stepfather's surname, "Starkey". Starr's parents split up when he was three years old, and his mother subsequently married Harry Graves, who encouraged his interest in music. Starr's family moved when he was three years old to a smaller home at 10 Admiral Grove. Starr attended an Evangelical Anglican church during his childhood. He was afflicted by illness for much of his early years. When aged six, he had appendicitis, which developed complications, causing him to fall into a coma. At thirteen, he developed chronic pleurisy and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years. After this extended hospital visit he did not return to school. The periods of hospitalisation left him behind scholastically, and as a result he was ineligible to attend grammar school or even sit its Eleven plus qualifying examination. Earlier, Starr attended St Silas, a Church of England primary school in High Park Street, close to his home in Admiral Grove; singer Billy Fury attended the school at the same time. Later, Starr attended Dingle Vale Secondary Modern School , leaving in 1955. While there, he showed an aptitude for art and drama as well as practical subjects including mechanics. Starr's health problems had another enduring effect in the form of allergies and sensitivities to food, and when The Beatles travelled to India in 1968, he took his own food with him.

Like John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Starr became caught up in Liverpool's skiffle craze. In 1957, he and his friend Eddie Miles formed the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. In 1959, he joined the Raving Texans, now adopting the stage name "Ringo Starr" because of the rings he wore and because it sounded "cowboyish", and his drum solos were billed as "Starr Time". By October 1960, the band was renamed Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and while they were performing in Hamburg, Starr met The Beatles. On 16 October 1960 he drummed in Hamburg with Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, recording with them for the first time to back Hurricanes singer Lu Walters.

After returning to the UK, Starr sat in for Pete Best as The Beatles' drummer on 18 August 1961 and 5 February 1962. The Beatles removed Best as their drummer on 16 August 1962, after Best had played in the early recording sessions at EMI Studios.

Starr's first performance as a full Beatle was on 18 August 1962 at a Horticultural Society dance at Port Sunlight. After his appearance at the Cavern Club performance as a full Beatle the following day, Best's fans were upset at his sacking, holding vigils outside Best's house and fighting at the club, shouting 'Pete forever! Ringo never!' George Harrison received a black eye from one of the fans.

When he arrived at EMI Studios for the second time on 11 September, Starr was shocked to find another drummer there, session drummer Andy White who was commissioned by producer George Martin. Using sessions drummers familiar with studio techniques was a normal procedure for studio recordings in those days. Starr's view at the time was that Andy White was brought in because he thought George Martin viewed him as crazy. Of the 4 September rehearsal session, Starr stated, "He thought I was crazy and couldn't play. Because when we were doing 'Please Please Me', I was actually playing the kit and in one hand I had a tambourine and a maracas in the other, because I was trying to play the percussion and the drums at the same time, because we were just a four piece band". Starr also stated, "I thought, 'That’s the end, they’re doing a Pete Best on me.'"

 personal life
Starr married Maureen Cox in February 1965, and they had three children Zak , Jason , and Lee ; the couple divorced in 1975, and Cox died in 1994. In 1980, on the set of the film Caveman, he met actress Barbara Bach, well known for her role as Major Anya Amasova (female lead and main 'Bond girl') in The Spy Who Loved Me. They were married on 27 April 1981, just a few weeks after the release of Caveman. In 1985, Starr was the first of The Beatles to become a grandfather upon the birth of Zak's daughter, Tatia Jayne Starkey.

Zak Starkey is also a drummer, who until August 2008 was a semi-official member of Oasis—one of the many bands influenced by The Beatles. Starr arranged for Zak to receive drumming instruction from Zak's idol, The Who's drummer Keith Moon, who was Zak's godfather and a close friend of Starr's. Zak also performs with the Who live and sometimes in the studio. Zak has performed with his father during some All-Starr Band tours.

Like fellow ex-Beatle McCartney, Starr is a vegetarian, albeit for different reasons. McCartney is vegetarian for ethical reasons, but in Starr's case it is because of stomach problems he had in the past. As a child, Starr was left-handed until he became ambidextrous when his grandmother forced him to write with his right hand.

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011 Starr was listed at number 56 with an estimated personal wealth of £150m. Starr and Bach split their time between homes in Cranleigh, Surrey; Los Angeles; and Monte Carlo.

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Name Duration Released
Wonderful 03:47 30/01/2012
Step Lightly 02:44 30/01/2012
Rock Island Line 02:59 30/01/2012
Samba 02:48 30/01/2012
Think It Over 01:48 30/01/2012
Anthem 05:01 30/01/2012
Slow Down 02:57 30/01/2012
In Liverpool 03:19 30/01/2012
Everyone Wins 03:54 12/12/2010
Time 03:49 12/12/2010
Walk with You 04:42 12/12/2010
The Other Side of Liverpool 03:23 12/12/2010
Peace Dream 03:34 12/12/2010
Who's Your Daddy 02:29 12/12/2010
Fill in the Blanks 03:14 12/12/2010
Y Not 03:49 12/12/2010
Can't Do It Wrong 03:45 12/12/2010
Mystery of the Night 04:05 12/12/2010
Give Peace a Chance 02:33 26/07/2010
Pick Up the Pieces 06:12 26/07/2010
Dream Weaver 05:09 26/07/2010
The Stroke 06:55 26/07/2010
Should've Known Better 04:02 07/07/2008
Frankenstein 08:00 07/07/2008
She's Not There 04:17 07/07/2008
Don't Mean Nothing 05:09 07/07/2008
Free Ride 04:40 07/07/2008
Everybody Wants You 05:20 07/07/2008
Introduction 03:57 07/07/2008
Hold Your Head Up 03:52 07/07/2008
Rock Me Tonite 06:20 07/07/2008
For Love 03:49 14/01/2008
Love Is 03:52 14/01/2008
Think About You 03:40 14/01/2008
If It's Love That You Want 03:06 14/01/2008
Liverpool 8 04:49 14/01/2008
Pasodobles 04:17 14/01/2008
Harry's Song 04:00 14/01/2008
Tuff Love 04:33 14/01/2008
Give It a Try 03:26 14/01/2008
Gone Are the Days 02:49 14/01/2008
Now That She's Gone Away 03:02 14/01/2008
R U Ready? 03:59 14/01/2008
Glamourous Life 09:03 15/08/2006
Fading In and Fading Out 03:57 25/07/2005
Choose Love 03:08 25/07/2005
Don't Hang Up 03:27 25/07/2005
Wrong All the Time 03:39 25/07/2005
Some People 03:18 25/07/2005
Free Drinks 04:47 25/07/2005
Hard to Be True 03:28 25/07/2005
The Turnaround 03:54 25/07/2005
My Sweet Lord 00:00 25/07/2005
Satisfied 03:19 25/07/2005
Oh My Lord 05:32 25/07/2005
Me and You 02:15 25/07/2005
Give Me Back The Beat 03:54 25/07/2005
Who Can It Be Now 04:00 23/03/2004
Missing You 04:18 23/03/2004
Living Years 06:25 23/03/2004
When I See You Smile 04:52 23/03/2004
Down Under 04:25 23/03/2004
How Long 04:45 23/03/2004
I Still Love Rock N' Roll 04:35 01/06/2003
Karn Evil 9 05:30 01/06/2003
Love Bizarre 04:05 01/06/2003
Trippin' On My Own Tears 03:31 24/03/2003
I Think Therefore I Rock And Roll 03:25 24/03/2003
Imagine Me There 03:55 24/03/2003
I Really Love Her 00:00 24/03/2003
Never Without You 05:24 24/03/2003
English Garden 03:17 24/03/2003
Memphis In Your Mind 03:13 24/03/2003
Elizabeth Reigns 03:57 24/03/2003
Instant Amnesia 05:12 24/03/2003
Love First, Ask Questions Later 04:45 24/03/2003
Missouri Loves Company 03:33 24/03/2003
What Love Wants To Be 03:03 24/03/2003
Eye To Eye 03:19 24/03/2003
Write One For Me 03:14 24/03/2003
All The Young Dudes 05:35 06/08/2002
Take The Long Way Home 04:44 06/08/2002
Lucky Man 04:44 06/08/2002
The Glamorous Life 09:18 06/08/2002
Give a Little Bit 05:13 06/08/2002
No One Is To Blame 06:11 06/08/2002
The Logical Song 03:55 06/08/2002
Act Naturally 02:32 06/08/2002
Some Kind Of Wonderful 00:00 19/01/2001
Norwegian Wood 02:54 19/01/2001
The No-No Song 03:31 19/01/2001
Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On 03:36 18/10/1999
Blue Christmas 02:58 18/10/1999
Christmas Time Is Here Again 04:06 18/10/1999
The Christmas Dance 04:06 18/10/1999
Christmas Eve 04:26 18/10/1999
Pax Um Biscum 04:46 18/10/1999
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 02:21 18/10/1999
White Christmas 02:56 18/10/1999
The Little Drummer Boy 03:19 18/10/1999
I Wanna Be Santa Claus 03:46 18/10/1999
Winter Wonderland 02:55 18/10/1999
Dear Santa 05:12 18/10/1999
The End 00:03 19/10/1998
I've Got Blisters… 00:13 19/10/1998
Octopus's Garden 02:51 19/10/1998
Don't Pass Me By 05:40 19/10/1998
With a Little Help from My Friends 04:18 19/10/1998
Mindfield 04:06 15/06/1998
I'll Be Fine Anywhere 03:39 15/06/1998
What in the... World 03:29 15/06/1998
Without Understanding 04:22 15/06/1998
One 03:02 15/06/1998
La De Da 05:41 15/06/1998
I Was Walkin 03:19 15/06/1998
Drift Away 04:09 15/06/1998
Vertical Man 04:42 15/06/1998
Love Me Do 03:45 15/06/1998
I'm Yours 03:24 15/06/1998
King of Broken Hearts 04:44 15/06/1998
Puppet 03:19 15/06/1998
The Loco-Motion 03:24 12/08/1997
I Wanna Be Your Man 03:25 12/08/1997
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet 03:45 12/08/1997
Boris the Spider 02:41 12/08/1997
People Got to Be Free 04:53 12/08/1997
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature 04:32 12/08/1997
Nothin' from Nothin' 03:33 12/08/1997
Girls Talk 03:35 13/09/1993
I Can't Tell You Why 05:14 13/09/1993
Boys 03:50 13/09/1993
Desperado 02:33 13/09/1993
American Woman 06:21 13/09/1993
Yellow Submarine 04:10 13/09/1993
In the City 04:33 13/09/1993
The Really 02:04 13/09/1993
Black Maria 05:27 13/09/1993
Walking Nerve 04:06 13/09/1993
Bang The Drum All Day 03:40 13/09/1993
I Don't Believe You 02:48 22/05/1992
After All These Years 03:10 22/05/1992
All In The Name Of Love 03:42 22/05/1992
Golden Blunders 04:06 22/05/1992
Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go 03:20 22/05/1992
Don't Know A Thing About Love 03:49 22/05/1992
What Goes Around 05:50 22/05/1992
Weight Of The World 03:54 22/05/1992
In A Heartbeat 04:29 22/05/1992
Runaways 04:51 22/05/1992
Will It Go Round in Circles 04:20 08/10/1990
Raining in My Heart 05:22 08/10/1990
Quarter to Three 03:52 08/10/1990
Honey Don't 02:44 08/10/1990
Shine Silently 06:45 08/10/1990
The Weight 05:57 08/10/1990
Iko Iko 06:10 08/10/1990
Life in the Fast Lane 06:40 08/10/1990
In My Car 03:13 16/06/1983
Everybody's in a Hurry But Me 02:34 16/06/1983
As Far as We Can Go 03:51 16/06/1983
Picture Show Life 04:18 16/06/1983
I Keep Forgettin' 04:20 16/06/1983
She's About a Mover 03:53 16/06/1983
Be My Baby 03:48 16/06/1983
Alibi 04:02 16/06/1983
Hopeless 03:19 16/06/1983
Going Down 03:34 16/06/1983
Wrack My Brain 02:21 20/11/1981
Private Property 02:44 20/11/1981
You've Got A Nice Way 03:33 20/11/1981
Sure To Fall 03:42 20/11/1981
You Belong To Me 02:09 20/11/1981
Dead Giveaway 04:28 20/11/1981
Stop And Take The Time To Smell The Roses 03:08 20/11/1981
Attention 03:20 20/11/1981
Drumming Is My Madness 03:29 20/11/1981
Heart On My Sleeve 03:20 21/04/1978
Lipstick Traces 03:01 21/04/1978
Bad Boy 03:14 21/04/1978
A Man Like Me 03:08 21/04/1978
Who Needs a Heart 03:48 21/04/1978
Old Time Relovin 04:16 21/04/1978
Monkey See - Monkey Do 03:36 21/04/1978
Tonight 02:56 21/04/1978
Hard Times 03:31 21/04/1978
Where Did Our Love Go 03:15 21/04/1978
Scouse’s Dream 03:38 09/12/1977
I Know a Place 04:25 09/12/1977
Sing a Song for the Tragopan 03:16 09/12/1977
Passenger Pigeon 01:25 09/12/1977
Living in a Pet Shop 04:03 09/12/1977
Scouse the Mouse 02:50 09/12/1977
Boat Ride 03:56 09/12/1977
Scousey 03:25 09/12/1977
A Mouse Like Me 04:22 09/12/1977
America (A Mouse’s Dream) 03:40 09/12/1977
Ask Louey 03:57 09/12/1977
Running Free 03:21 09/12/1977
S.O.S. 02:42 09/12/1977
Snow Up Your Nose for Christmas 03:47 09/12/1977
Caterwaul 02:04 09/12/1977
Out On The Streets 04:29 20/09/1977
Gave It All Up 04:41 20/09/1977
Wings 03:26 20/09/1977
Tango All Night 02:58 20/09/1977
Simple Love Song 02:57 20/09/1977
Drowning In The Sea Of Love 05:09 20/09/1977
Gypsies In Flight 03:02 20/09/1977
It's No Secret 03:42 20/09/1977
Sneaking Sally Through The Alley 04:17 20/09/1977
Can She Do It Like She Dances 03:12 20/09/1977
This Be Called A Song 03:14 17/09/1976
I'll Still Love You 02:57 17/09/1976
Cookin' 03:41 17/09/1976
You Don't Know Me At All 03:16 17/09/1976
Cryin' 03:18 17/09/1976
Pure Gold 03:14 17/09/1976
Spooky Weirdness 01:26 17/09/1976
Hey Baby 03:11 17/09/1976
Lady Gaye 02:57 17/09/1976
A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll 03:24 17/09/1976
Las Brisas 03:33 17/09/1976
Early 1970 02:19 12/12/1975
Oh My My 04:17 12/12/1975
Back Off Boogaloo 03:18 12/12/1975
It Don't Come Easy 03:02 12/12/1975
Call Me 04:07 15/11/1974
All By Myself 03:21 15/11/1974
Snookeroo 03:27 15/11/1974
Husbands and Wives 03:34 15/11/1974
Oo-Wee 03:45 15/11/1974
Goodnight Vienna 01:20 15/11/1974
Occapella 02:55 15/11/1974
Easy For Me 02:20 15/11/1974
It's All Down to Goodnight Vienna 02:35 15/11/1974
Only You 03:26 15/11/1974
No No Song 02:33 15/11/1974
Sunshine Life For Me 02:45 23/11/1973
Photograph 03:56 23/11/1973
Have You Seen My Baby? 03:44 23/11/1973
I'm The Greatest 03:21 23/11/1973
You're Sixteen 02:48 23/11/1973
Wine, Women And Loud Happy Songs 02:18 25/09/1970
$15 Draw 03:29 25/09/1970
I'd Be Talking All The Time 02:10 25/09/1970
Woman Of The Night 02:21 25/09/1970
Without Her 02:35 25/09/1970
Silent Homecoming 03:55 25/09/1970
Fastest Growing Heartache In The West 02:34 25/09/1970
Waiting 02:54 25/09/1970
Love Don't Last Long 02:45 25/09/1970
Loser's Lounge 02:23 25/09/1970
Beaucoups of Blues 02:33 25/09/1970
I Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way 02:57 25/09/1970
Bye Bye Blackbird 02:11 27/03/1970
Let The Rest Of The World Go By 02:55 27/03/1970
Whispering Grass 02:37 27/03/1970
Have I Told You Lately that I Love You? 02:44 27/03/1970
Night and Day 02:25 27/03/1970
You Always Hurt The One You Love 02:20 27/03/1970
Sentimental Journey 03:26 27/03/1970
Dream 02:42 27/03/1970
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing 03:05 27/03/1970
Blue, Turning Grey Over You 03:19 27/03/1970
Stardust 03:22 27/03/1970
I'm A Fool To Care 02:39 27/03/1970

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