Ringo Starr (b. July 7, 1940) is a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician, and actor who first became famous worldwide during the early 1960s as the drummer for The Beatles. Born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, England, he co-founded his first band in 1957, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, before becoming a member of another local group known as Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. His major career breakthrough came in 1962 when he joined The Beatles, replacing Pete Best as the band's drummer. After the band split in 1970, Starr launched a solo career and released his first album that year, "Sentimental Journey," a gold-certified collection of covers of traditional pop standards.
Starr made his solo debut on the Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with "Beaucoups Of Blues," the Buzz Rabin-penned title song from his country-themed second album. He first topped the charts in 1973 with "Photograph," a song he wrote with former Beatles bandmate, George Harrison, which is included on his critically acclaimed, platinum-certified third album, "Ringo" (1973). He also topped the charts with his cover of Johnny Burnette's "You're Sixteen" (1973) and "No No Song" (1975). Other top hits include the self-penned "It Don't Come Easy" (1971), "Back Off Boogaloo" (1972), "Oh My My" (1974), and his cover of The Platters' "Only You" (1974), the latter of which topped the Adult Contemporary charts. Starr's many hits also include the John Lennon-penned "It's All Down To Goodnight Vienna" (1975), "A Dose Of Rock And Roll" (1976), and "Wrack My Brain" (1981). He re-emerged on the Country charts in 1989 with a new version of "Act Naturally," performed as a duet with Buck Owens, which became a Top 40 hit.
Ringo Starr's numerous honors and accolades include being one of a handful of performing artists to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, first as a member of The Beatles in 1988 and then as a solo artist in 2015. He became Sir Richard Starkey in 2018 when he was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours for services to music. In addition to "A Hard Day's Night" (1964) and other classic Beatles films, Starr also co-starred in a number of other movies that include "Candy" (1968), "The Magic Christian" (1969), "Blindman" (1971), "Son Of Dracula" (1974), and "Caveman" (1981). He has also published several books and is an accomplished photographer.
Since 1989, the ex-Beatle has toured actively with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, a live rock supergroup with an ever-changing lineup whose members and guests have, over the years, included such top artists as Dr. John, Harry Nilsson, Todd Rundgren, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Walsh. In 2017, Starr released his 19th studio album, "Give More Love."
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- For more info on Ringo Starr's career and current projects, visit ringostarr.com.
- The affable and eternally youthful Ringo Starr describes overcoming a number of life-threatening childhood illnesses and learning the drums while in the hospital in an interview with Howard Stern (November 26, 2018).
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- Back Off Boogaloo 1972
- It Don't Come Easy 1971
- It's All Down To Goodnight Vienna 1975
- No No Song 1975
- Photograph 1973
(This song, which was written by Ringo Starr and George Harrison, topped the charts.)
- You're Sixteen 1973
(This song topped the charts and was previously a hit for Johnny Burnette (1960).)
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