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Ringo Starr

July 7, 1940

Artistfacts for Ringo Starr

  • Ringo's birth name is Richard Starkey.
  • He replaced Pete Best in the Beatles when Pete started not showing up for practices. Ringo was Pete's substitute and was eventually asked to join the band as the actual drummer. When Ringo joined the band, Beatles fans would chant "Pete Best Forever, Ringo Never," at their shows.
  • He had many health problems as a child which kept him from getting a great education. When he was 15 he could barely read or write, which was when he decided that he had to be a drummer. (thanks, Brittanie - Liverpool, England, for above 3)
  • Ringo was the narrator and did character voices of the UK animated series Thomas The Tank Engine (also known as Shining Time Station) from 1985-1991. His replacement was none other than comedian George Carlin. (thanks, Michael - New Bedford, MA)
  • He sang the lead on a few of the Beatles' song, including "Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus's Garden."
  • Ringo was born left-handed, but his grandmother made him use his right hand for most tasks, so he writes, cuts paper and plays the drums right-handed. (thanks, Laura - Birmingham, England, for above 2)
  • From 1970-1973, he had more chart success than the other Beatles, including 7 straight Top-10 singles in a row.
  • Starr was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April 2015. He was the last ex-Beatle to be included in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist. The Beatles were inducted in 1988.

    Starr was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame by Paul McCartney, who described The Beatles' first show with Ringo: "We had this guy we'd never played with before, and I remember the moment when he started to play – I think it was Ray Charles, 'What'd I Say' – and most of the drummers couldn't nail the drum part. It was a little difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it."

    "And I remember the moment, standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and the look on our faces was like, f--k you. What is this?," McCartney continued. "And that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of the Beatles."

  • His son, Zak Starkey, is also a drummer and has played with Oasis and The Who. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3)
  • In 2008, he issued a strange statement in a video on his website: "I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love." Not a great way to show appreciation for fans. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • Ringo Starr's copy of The Beatles' 1968 The White Album was sold at auction in December 2016 for $790,000 (£522,438), breaking the record for the most expensive vinyl record ever sold. The first-ever pressed copy of the LP, Ringo kept it permanently in a vault, enabling it to be sold in near mint condition.
  • The first song that Ringo ever fell in love with was Gene Autry's "South Of The Border." He told NME: "They used to play it on Saturday morning at the pictures in Liverpool, which was a big deal for kids in those days. I remember it like yesterday, him singing that and it just feeling good. It moved me."
  • Ringo Starr featured in a 1996 Japanese apple juice commercial because his name sounded like "Ringo Sutta," meaning "grated apple" in Japanese.
  • Starr became Sir Richard Starkey in the 2018 UK New Year Honours. He was knighted for services to music.
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Comments: 32

I can't say Ringo was the greatest drummer or even that he was a great drummer. I CAN say he was a very good drummer.Lin - Ohio, Usa
The song on Rubber Soul sung by Ringo is What Goes On. It only appears on the UK edition, but not on the US edition - in the US, it appeared on Yesterday and Today, and also the B-side of Nowhere Man. Ringo also sang Boys, I Wanna Be Your Man (which was also covered by the Rolling Stones), Matchbox, Goodnight and If You've Got Troubles.Don - Sevierville, Tn
Ok, this is pathetic. This seriously needs more facts about Ringo. He is my husband (in my dreams... yes I'm an obsessed Ringo fan :D lol) So I guess I'm gonna have to take the reigns on this one and just submit tons of facts about him :) No prob ;)Maggz - Columbus, Oh
LOL! I love Ringo, although that "No autographs" thing upset me... I have a Pomeranian named Ringo, he's the best doggy ever!Tyler - Pittsburg, Pa
Even though Ringo wasn't liked, he was actually really talented.
I remember my mother telling me about the rehearsal that was aired on teleivison.
When Paul, John, and/or George couldn't come up with an idea for the next song, Ringo would do the beat, and carry it on from there.
Ashley - Columbus, Oh
i am really not that into the vocal skills of Ringo's solo things but overall i would say they are worth listening to, such as the song "Photograph" and the all star band is pretty good its got (or at least had i am not sure)the dude from Supertramp and many great others.Josh - Tucson, Az
Why did he push the button?Christy - Palm Springs, Ca
Ringo was born on july 7th 1940 i think that he is a good drummer and i also think that he was one of the best beatles one of my other favorite beatle would have to be John lennonMichelle - Maplewood, Mn
A lot of drummers have better technical skills than Ringo Starr but one thing they are not is more creative than Ringo.

That was the magic of the Beatles, their creativity of playing what the song requires and we can say that a lot of musicians are better players than John, Paul, and George also but as with Ringo, the other musicians are not more creative than the Beatles.

Also, the Beatles were most of all originals and when they were created the mold was broken and there will never be another group like them.
Kent - Murrieta, Ca
I dont know I think that Neil Peart was a better drummerDerrick - Raleigh, Nc
If it wasn't for ringo then the beatles never would have had their hit song Yellow Submarine... plus ringo is one of the best drummers ever.Matt - Odenton, Md
Ringo may not be as great of a musician as the the other 3 Beatles, he's actually got some good solo stuff. His self titled album RINGO is the best and the song Fading In, Fading Out from his newest album Choose Love is a little corny but very catchy. Ringo isn't THAT bad.Jay - Columbia, Mo
Firstly, thanks to Laura (Birmingham, England) for mentioning that Ringo is left-handed and that he plays right-handed (I do the same)...also, I have heard that others may put down Ringo's playing...as a drummer myself AND as a lover of (certain types of) music, I can think of MANY songs I can enjoy WITHOUT the drummer having to be a Billy Cobham (etc.)...a less-skilled drummer does not necessarily have to detract from enjoyment of the song itself...for example, I personally feel that the "light and simple" drumming style in Joe Jackson's "Stepping Out" sounds good with this particular song (AND I feel that more intricate, pronounced drumming would detract from my enjoyment of this song)...Ringo had his own style, and he enjoyed playing...and "best" drummer or not, he contributed to music in a special way...being the "best" can be nice, but NOT being the "best" does not mean that we should reject or criticize...also, most musicians (drummers, etc.) may enjoy expressing themselves in certain music genres that don't require being the "best"...the question can be "Does the music inspire you or speak to you in a positive way?"...I can respect and appreciate that persons can enjoy one genre and not another, but enjoying music can be like preferring chocolate or strawberry...you can analyze it all you want, but sometimes it is simply a matter of taste (although I hope that the music is godly and edifying in some way)...I think I'll get off my soapbox now...hehe...Thanks to all who consider what I said here...David - Broomall, Pa
Yessica = Troll. What bands do u like, troll?Johnny - Los Angeles, Ca
Ringo Also sang Honey Don't on Beatles For SaleRicardo - Mexico, Mexico
Ringo!!! Why did you push the button?Ricardo - Mexico, Mexico
He Wrote and sang "Don't Pass Me By" on The White Album and "Octopuss' Garden" on Abbey RoadWarrinder - A Town, Canada
ringo is the best ever i dont know why people cant get thatAidan - Seatle, Wy
The Beatles are one of the best bands and for those of you commenting , that you hate them so why are you wasting your time????Marcia - Chicago, Il
Yessica = TROLLPeter - Moose Jaw, Canada
well, i'm sorry for you not having a brain and likeing the beatles...why are you commenting if you hate them so much?Chicken - Lala Land, Ca
as for you WCS, all the Beatles SUCKED! Except Ringo. Ringo REALLY SUCKEDYessica - Lalaland, Ca
as for you YC, ringo and the rest of the beatles rocked...unlike youChicken - Lala Land, Ca
About the Beatles:
George sucked
John sucked
Paul sucked
Yessica - Lalaland, Ca
Ringo rocks, and has an awesome name. He sooooo wins in my book for best drummer and best Beatle!!! i <3 you Ringo!!Chicken - Lala Land, Ca
Ringo also sang on I wanna be your manMaggie - Bath, Ga
Ringo and John are my favorite out of the beatles!! they rockk!Krystal - Victoria, Canada
people think ringo wasnt a very good drummer because he was like no one else: he was left handed but he played as if he was right handed! I am a drummer so i know that this is totally wierd and unusual but ringo rocked and still does !Alice - Santa Cruz, Ca
Yes, Ringo was and still is an amazing drummer. He sang "With a Little Help from my Friends" on Sgt. Pepper, "Good Night" on the White Album, "Act Naturally" on HELP! and a song on Rubber Soul which I cant think of at the moment.Lexie - St. Louis, Mo
I hold Yellow Submarine close to my heart just because Ringo sang the lead. What were the other songs he was lead on?Andre - Tampa, Fl
If I was given the chance to "hang out" with any Beatle, currently living or deceased, it'd be Ringo. Not that I'd turn down the chance to meet John, Paul, or George!

"It's probably because we're drunk...I mean, not drunk, teeny boppers." ~ Ringo in The Kids Are Alright
Jon - Sunnyvale, Ca
I dont get it people dont seem to like ringo as much as the other beatles.....i think thats unfair. He was the greatest drummer !!!!!!!!!!Hannah - Santa Cruz, Ca
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