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  • Ringo was born, on 7th July 1940, in Liverpool, England
  • His real name is Richard Starkey, Ringo is a nickname
  • He became famous as the Drummer of the Beatles
  • He wasn't the Beatles original Drummer
  • He use to play in various groups in Liverpool
  • Most famously, he played in Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, before joining the Beatles
  • Ringo is an only child
  • He was effected by life threatening illnesses during childhood
  • He fell behind at school, and was hospitalised multiple times
  • He eventually left school in 1955
  • His first job was at British Rail
  • In 1957, he joined his first band, Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group
  • His mother was called Elsie, and his father was called Richard
  • His parents split up, when Ringo was young
  • Ringo joined the Beatles in August 1962
  • He first performed with the band, on the 18th August 1962
  • Beatle fans at the time, weren't happy with Ringo being appointed the drummer. George Harrison received a black eye from upset fans
  • Ringo's first recording session as a member of the Beatles, took place on 4th September 1962
  • George Martin, thought he was crazy and couldn't play, because he was trying, to play the percussion and the drums at the same time
  • For their second recording session with Starr, which took place on 11 September 1962, George Martin replaced him with session drummer Andy White, the song was Love Me Do
  • By November 1962, Starr had been accepted by Beatles fans, who were now calling for him to sing songs
  • He was given a small percentage, of Lennon and McCartney's publishing company, Northern Songs
  • he derived his primary income during this period, from a one-quarter share of Beatles Limited, a corporation financed, by the band's concert earnings
  • Like his father, Starr became well known for his late-night dancing
  • During 1963, the Beatles enjoyed increasing popularity in Britain. In January, their second single, "Please Please Me", followed "Love Me Do" into the UK charts
  • By the end of the year, the phenomenon known as Beatlemania, had spread throughout the country, and by February 1964, the Beatles had become an international success
  • He performed with the Beatles, on The Ed Sullivan Show to a record 73 million viewers
  • In 1964, "I love Ringo" lapel pins outsold all other Beatles merchandising
  • When the Beatles, made their film debut, in A Hard Day's Night, Starr got praise from critics
  • In June, the Beatles were scheduled to tour Denmark, the Netherlands, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but Starr became ill, the day before the start of the tour
  • Stricken with a high-grade fever, pharyngitis and tonsillitis, he was admitted to a local hospital where he briefly stayed
  • Starr was discharged from the hospital, and he rejoined the band in Melbourne on 15 June
  • In August, when the Beatles were introduced to Bob Dylan, Starr was the first to try a cannabis cigarette, offered to the band by Dylan
  • On 11 February 1965, Starr married Maureen Cox, whom he had first met in 1962
  • He received a telephoned death threat, before a show in Montreal, and resorted to positioning his cymbals vertically, in an attempt to provide protection from would-be assassins
  • During recording sessions, he spent countless hours playing cards, with their road manager Neil Aspinall, and roadie Mal Evans
  • In August 1966, the Beatles released Revolver, their seventh UK album. The album included the song Yellow Submarine, which was the only British number one single, with Starr as the lead singer
  • Later that month and owing to the increasing pressures of touring, the Beatles gave their final concert, a 30-minute performance at San Francisco's Candlestick Park
  • By December 1966, he had moved into an upscale estate, on three acres in Saint George's Hill, called Sunny Heights
  • For the Beatles' 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Starr sang lead vocals on the song, With a Little Help from My Friends
  • During his down-time on the album, Starr worked on his guitar playing
  • In February 1968, Starr became the first Beatle to sing during another artist's show, without the other three present. He sang the Buck Owens hit Act Naturally, and performed a duet with Cilla Black
  • When the Beatles went to India, in 1968, Starr completed his first recorded Beatles song, "Don't Pass Me By", while in India
  • During the recording of the White Album, McCartney had harshly criticised his drumming, Starr quit the band for two weeks, taking a holiday with his family
  • During this holiday, an Octopus's Garden, was wrote on guitar by Ringo during the trip
  • He returned to the studio two weeks later, to find that Harrison, had covered his drum kit in flowers, as a welcome-back gesture
  • On 10th April 1970, Paul McCartney officially quit the Beatles, and fell out with Ringo and the Band, after he refused to move the release date of his solo album.
  • Ringo recorded his first solo album, which was released in March 1970, it peaked at number seven in the UK, and number 22 in the US.
  • Starr played drums, on the John Lennon Plastic Ono Band in 1970
  • He also played drums, on George Harrison's albums All Things Must Pass in 1970, and Living in the Material World, released in 1973, and Dark Horse, released in 1974
  • In 1971, Starr participated in the Concert for Bangladesh, organised by Harrison, and with him co-wrote the hit single, It Don't Come Easy, which reached number four in both the US and the UK
  • The following year he released his most successful UK hit, Back Off Boogaloo ,(again produced and co-written by Harrison), which peaked at number two in the UK (US number nine)
  • Having become friends with the English singer Marc Bolan, Starr made his directorial debut with the 1972 T. Rex documentary, Born to Boogie.
  • In 1973, Starr earned two number one hits in the US, "Photograph", a UK number eight hit that he co-wrote with Harrison, and "You're Sixteen", written by the Sherman Brothers
  • Goodnight Vienna followed in 1974, and was also successful, reaching number eight in the US and number 30 in the UK
  • Starr founded the record label Ring O'Records in 1975, The company signed eleven artists, and released fifteen singles and five albums between 1975 and 1978
  • Following Starr's repeated infidelities, Maureen and Ringo divorced in 1975
  • He and Maureen had three children together, Zak (born 13 September 1965), Jason (born 19 August 1967) and Lee (born 11 November 1970)
  • Following Lennon's murder in December 1980, Harrison modified the lyrics of a song he had originally written for Starr, "All Those Years Ago", as a tribute to their former bandmate. Released as a Harrison single in 1981, the track included Starr's drum part
  • Later that year, Starr released Stop and Smell the Roses
  • In 1980, while on the set of the film Caveman, Starr met actress Barbara Bach
  • Soon after the murder of John Lennon, Starr and his girlfriend Barbara, flew to New York City to be with Lennon's widow Yoko Ono
  • Ringo married Barbara in 1981
  • In 1987 he abandoned sessions in Memphis, for a planned country album, produced by Chips Moman
  • In 1985, Starr performed with his son Zak, as part of Artists United Against Apartheid, on the recording "Sun City"
  • During October and November 1988, Starr and Bach attended a detox clinic in Tucson, Arizona, each receiving a six-week treatment for alcoholism
  • Starr and Bach split their time between homes in Surrey; Los Angeles; and Monte Carlo.
  • In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011, Starr was listed at number 56 in the UK, with an estimated personal wealth of £150 million
  • In 2012, Starr was estimated to be the wealthiest drummer in the world
  • In December 2015, Starr and Bach auctioned some of their personal and professional items to the public, by Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles
  • Highlights of the collection included, Starr's first Ludwig Black Oyster, Pearl drum kit;
  • During the 1965 Birthday Honours for Queen Elizabeth, Starr and the other Beatles, were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire
  • He and the other Beatles were cumulatively nominated, for a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer, for their performances in the 1964 film A Hard Day's Night.
  • The minor planet 4150 Starr, discovered on 31 August 1984, by Brian A. Skiff, at the Anderson Mesa Station, of the Lowell Observatory, was named in Starr's honour
  • In 2015, twenty-three years after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as one of the Beatles, Starr became the last Beatle, to be inducted for their solo career
  • During the 50th Grammy Awards, Starr, George Martin and his son Giles accepted the Best Compilation Soundtrack award for Love.
  • On 9 November 2008, Starr accepted a Diamond Award on behalf of the Beatles, during the 2008 World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco
  • On 8 February 2010, he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, It is located at 1750 North Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records building
  • Zak has performed with his father during some All-Starr Band tours
  • In total, Ringo Starr has seven grandchildren , one from Zak, three from Jason and three from Lee
  • In 2016, he was the first Beatle to become a great-grandfather
  • The overall effect of Starr's drumming for the Beatles, has received high praise from notable drummers.
  • In 2011, readers of Rolling Stone magazine, voted Starr as the fifth-greatest drummer of all time
  • Starr has said that his favourite drummer is Jim Keltner
  • Starr influenced Phil Collins, the drummer for Genesis, who said, I think he's vastly underrated, Ringo. The drum fills on 'A Day in the Life' are very, very complex things.
  • To date, Ringo has released 18 Solo Studio Albums
  • He has also released 10 Live albums
  • He has made 22 solo music videos
  • He has had 26 Solo Singles
  • As part of the Beatles, Ringo has appeared in 64 music videos
  • He has played on 12 studio albums
  • He has performed on 22 music singles
  • He’s a left handed drummer, but plays a right handed kit.
  • He regrets, not having collected much Beatles memorabilia.
  • He has never had pizza, curry, or onions.
  • He doesn’t shake hands.
  • He hates drum solos.
  • Since 1989, he has toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
  • His father was an avid fan of swing.
  • Starkey later stated that he has "no real memories" of his father, who made little effort to bond with him, visiting as few as three times thereafter.