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Ringo StarrRichard Starkey, MBE (born July 7, 1940) is best known by his stage name, Ringo Starr, as the drummer for The Beatles from August 16th 1962 (when he replaced Pete Best) until their breakup in 1970. Ringo is known for his reliable, steady drumming and innovative fills. His easygoing personality made him an easy fit with the other Beatles.
Though the least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material and as an actor. Upon the group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first, an album called Sentimental Journey, found him covering pre-rock standards, and the second, Beaucoups of Blues, was a country music collection.
Prior to joining the Beatles, he was the drummer for the Liverpool band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, from 1959 to 1962. His musical talents were primarily confined to drumming, rather than singing or songwriting. Of all the Beatles, he did the least songwriting. The Beatles explained that when he would present a song as a contender for an album cut, the song would (to them) be a clear knockoff of another popular song, but Ringo would not recognize the similarities until they pointed it out. Ringo did, however, write "Octopus's Garden" (on the album Abbey Road) and "Don't Pass Me By" (on The White Album), as well as contributing to several others. Ringo generally sang at least one song on each studio album; in some cases John Lennon or Paul McCartney would write the lyrics and melody especially for him, as Lennon did with "With a Little Help from My Friends", from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Often these melodies would be deliberately limited to take into account Starr's vocal range—most of With A Little Help From My Friends is sung within the space of five notes.
Starr did however contribute a number of lyrical ideas and song titles to Lennon and McCartney, although usually unintentionally. One of the most famous examples of this was the title for the band's first motion picture, A Hard Day's Night. Starr had emerged from the studio after a long day of work and commented to the others that it had been a "hard day's..." - before he finished his sentence, Starr noticed that it was now night time and added "night". Lennon and McCartney liked the twisted phrase enough that they decided to use it as the title for the still untitled movie the band had been filming. Another example is the title to "Tomorrow Never Knows".
Artist Biography - Ringo StarrAlthough some have tried to downplay his contributions to the band, Starr's unique drumming style played a major role in the overall sound of The Beatles. To this day, many drummers list Starr as a major influence including Max Weinberg of The E Street Band, Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel's band, Phil Collins, Andy Sturmer of Jellyfish, and others. According to Collins, Ringo is "vastly underrated. The drum fills on "A Day in the Life" are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say, 'I want it like that.' They wouldn't know what to do." Lennon, McCartney and Harrison have all said that Ringo was the best rock and roll drummer in the world, although when asked in an interview once "Is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?" John Lennon quipped "He's not the best drummer in the Beatles"
In 1972, after the breakup of the Beatles, Starr's solo recording of "Photograph" topped the Billboard charts. He also performed in several summer tours called Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, beginning in 1989.
Starr married Maureen Cox in 1965, divorced in 1975 - children Zak, Jason and Lee. Married to actress Barbara Bach (most famous for her role as the "Bond Girl" in The Spy Who Loved Me) since 1981.
He acted in several films such as Candy (1968), The Magic Christian (1969) (alongside Peter Sellers), Son of Dracula (1974) and Caveman (1980). He starred as Larry the dwarf in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels.
In 1984, he also narrated on the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. He portrayed the character Mr. Conductor on another kid's TV series, Shining Time Station which debuted in 1989. In 1991, he appeared as himself on the cartoon The Simpsons.
In 1992, he signed to Private Music and released a new studio album, Time Takes Time. Vertical Man, his first album for Mercury, followed in 1998, as did a disc culled from his performance on the VH1 Storytellers series. Starr's first seasonal effort, I Wanna Be Santa Claus, appeared a year later.
His 1998 album, Vertical Man, featured guest appearances by his former bandmates McCartney and Harrison, and well as Alanis Morissette, Scott Weiland and Tom Petty.
After appearing at the tribute concert for Harrison in late 2002, Ringo honored his late one-time bandmate with "Never Without You." The song from Starr's 2003 album Ringo Rama, features Eric Clapton guest starring on guitar.
1971 "It Don't Come Easy" #4 US, #4 UK
1972 "Back Off Boogaloo" #2 UK, #9 US
1973 "Photograph" #1 US, #8 UK
1974 "You're Sixteen" #1 US, #4 UK
1974 "Oh My My" #5 US
1974 "Only You" #6 US, #28 UK
1975 "No No Song" b/w "Snookeroo" #3 US
1975 "(It's All Da-Da-Down To) Goodnight Vienna" #31 US
1976 "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll" #26 US
1981 "Wrack My Brain" #38 US
1992 "Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go"
1998 "La De Da"
2003 "Never Without You" (with guitar played by Eric Clapton)
In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce, which coincidentally is what Ringo means in Japanese.
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