Ringo Starr

Born: July 7, 1940
Dingle, Liverpool, England

Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool. He grew up liking rhythms and drumming sounds, and he soon talked his parents into letting him take lessons. He learned the very structured drumming styles of marching and concert bands, but was drawn to the sounds of popular skiffle music that was taking parts of England by storm. He joined his first official band in 1957, and consistently went from band to band for the next five years. However, in 1962, he was asked to join the Beatles, a group of guys from Liverpool. Ringo joined the Beatles, and they went on to become the most successful rock and roll band of our time. Ringo’s drumming style shaped things to come, and the Beatles dominated for the next decade.

In 1971, however, the Beatles broke up for good, and Ringo moved on with his career. He appeared in many films, like The Magic Christian, Born to Boogie, and Caveman, and he proved himself to be a marketable commodity. His solo music career took off, too, and he had many hits singles throughout the 70’s, and even into the 80’s. Throughout the 90’s, Ringo has toured with his All-Starr Band, and many famous musicians have participated in his projects, including Levon Helm, Joe Walsh, John Entwistle and Mark Farner. He has also been fortunate to enjoy more than one Beatles’ comeback.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Drums Songwriter Vocals

British Invasion Teen Idols Boy Groups Psychedelic Rock

Bands That Ringo Starr Has Played For:
Beatles, The Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band

Ringo Starr Has Worked With:
Paul McCartney George Harrison John Lennon Jim Keltner Waddy Wachtel Sheila E. Mick Jagger Jeff Lynne

Artists That Were Influenced By Ringo Starr:
Ozzy Osbourne Zac Starr
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