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Ringo Starr


Ringo Starr did not ask to become a Beatle. He was asked by George Martin to join the group, after Martin found the drumming of Pete Best inadequate. On the day that John was told to ask Pete to leave the band, the world suddenly became a narrow place for the Beatle drummer. At the same time, the world became an ever-expanding carnival for a young man by the name of Richard Starkey, but better known as Ringo.

Of all the Beatles, Ringo was the least involved in the personality clashes, the jealousies, the doubting egos of the other three. He, alone, seemed to know that "nothing is real" in the world of rock 'n' roll. He maintained an eager commitment to the band, but he was always detached in some peculiar way, almost as if he were watching a show from a seat in the balcony. At the end of it all, he remained friends with all the other members of the band simply because unlike the others, he had never defined his whole being and his identity in terms of being a Beatle. Unlike the others, he did not "grow up" being a Beatle. He grew up being Ringo Starr. When the final curtain came down and John, Paul and George had scurried off to comfort and reincarnate their shattered egos, Ringo might have done the same. Instead, he likely went for fish 'n' chips and a pint of beer.

Quick Facts

  • Richard Starkey Jr. is born in his parents' house on July 7, 1940.

  • Ringo referred to his Harry Graves, his stepfather, as his "step ladder."

  • Ringo has dark brown hair and blue eyes.

  • He is 5' 8" tall and weighs about 145.

  • His favourite color is red.

  • He likes to read science fiction.

  • Ringo has had a number of serious health problems throughout his life, including peritonitis, pleurisy, and tonsilitis.

  • Ringo first played with the group, Rory and The Hurricanes.

  • On August 18, 1962, Ringo replaced Pete Best as the drummer for The Beatles.

  • Ringo married his childhood sweetheart, Maureen Cox.

  • On September 13, 1965, Ringo's first child, Zak, was born.

  • On August 19, 1967, Ringo's second child, Jason, was born.

  • On November 11, 1970, Ringo's third child, daugfhter Lee Parkin, was born.

  • It was Ringo who coined the name for the movie A Hard Day's Night. Originally the movie was to be called Beatlemania. The expression came one evening after a long and particularly arduous recording session.

  • In July, 1975, Ringo and Maureen were divorced.

  • In April, 1981, Ringo and Barabra Bach were married in London.

  • Ringo once had a severe problem with alcoholism, and entered an Arizona clinic to finally beome sober for life.

  • Ringo remained friendly with all the other members of The Beatles throughout the years, and he has worked on a number of projects with each of them.

  • When John was shot in 1980, Ringo was the first to come to comfort Yoko.

  • Today Ringo and Barbara live in Monte Carlo, but also maintain houses in Los Angeles and Colorado.