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)
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."
Starr became Sir Richard Starkey in the 2018 UK New Year Honours. He was knighted for services to music.