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Ringo Starr

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Richard Starkey
Ringo Starr
A colour photograph of Starr wearing sunglasses and a black T-shirt.
Starr in Sydney, Australia in 2013
Background information
Birth nameRichard Starkey
Born (1940-07-07) 7 July 1940 (age 83)
Liverpool, England
  • Actor
  • drummer
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Drums
  • vocals
Years active1957–present

Sir Richard Starkey MBE (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English actor and musician. He is known as a former member of the Beatles.

The Beatles[change | change source]

He joined the group in 1962 as a replacement for their first drummer Pete Best. He quickly became well-liked and very popular. He sang lead on some of the band's songs including "Yellow Submarine", "Act Naturally", "Don't Pass Me By", and "Octopus's Garden".

Solo career[change | change source]

After the group broke up he became a solo artist; his songs included "It Don't Come Easy", "Photograph" (written with George Harrison), "You're Sixteen" (featuring Paul McCartney and Harry Nilsson), and "Only You (And You Alone)" (with John Lennon and again with Nilsson). Ringo sang "I Want To Be A Powerpuff Girl" for the children's television show "The Powerpuff Girls".

Acting[change | change source]

Starr acted in several movies aside from the ones he did with the Beatles, including The Magic Christian (1969), That'll Be The Day (1973), Caveman (1980), and the role of Mr. Conductor on the children's show Shining Time Station, during its first season (1989), the Comedian George Carlin later took over the role.

He also narrated the children's show Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends for the first two seasons (1984-1986).

He also made a movie with the Beatles called A Hard Day's Night in 1964.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band[change | change source]

Since the 1990s, Ringo has toured with "Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band". The band consists of Ringo and members that regularly change, usually, the members are either famous musicians, or musicians that have been associated with Ringo, The Beatles and/or the members of the band.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ringo Starr". Front Row. 31 December 2008. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.

Other websites[change | change source]