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Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Rock Musician
Born Jul 7, 1940

Richard Starkey MBE, known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He joined the Beatles in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his drumming, Starr is featured on lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs.… Read More

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1940 Birth Born on July 7, 1940.
1944 3 Years Old In 1944, in an effort to reduce their housing costs, his family moved to another neighbourhood in the Dingle, 10 Admiral Grove; soon afterwards, his parents separated, and they divorced within the year. … Read More
1948 7 Years Old Upon his discharge in May 1948, his mother allowed him to stay home, causing him to miss school. … Read More


1953 12 Years Old 1 More Event
After several years of twice-weekly tutoring from his surrogate sister and neighbour, Marie Maguire Crawford, Starkey had nearly caught up to his peers academically, but in 1953, he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to a sanatorium, where he remained for two years. … Read More
1955 14 Years Old After his return home from the sanatorium in late 1955, Starkey entered the workforce but was lacking motivation and discipline; his initial attempts at gainful employment proved unsuccessful. … Read More
1958 17 Years Old …  Although basic and crude, the kit facilitated his progression as a musician while increasing the commercial potential of the Eddie Clayton band, who went on to book several prestigious local gigs before the skiffle craze faded in early 1958 as American rock and roll became popular in the UK. … Read More
1960 19 Years Old 1 More Event
They eventually accepted, joining the Beatles at Bruno Koschmiders Kaiserkeller on 1 October 1960, where Starr first met the band. … Read More


Starr quit Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in January 1962 and briefly joined Sheridan in Hamburg before returning to the Hurricanes for a third season at Butlins. … Read More
1964 24 Years Old During an interview with Playboy in 1964, Lennon explained that Starr had filled in with the Beatles when Best was ill; Starr replied: "Best took little pills to make him ill". … Read More
On 11 February 1965, Starr married Maureen Cox, whom he had first met in 1962. … Read More
1967 - 1968 2 More Events
1969 29 Years Old …  Following a business meeting on 20 September 1969, Lennon told the others that he had quit the Beatles.


1970 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After the band's break-up in 1970, he released several successful singles including the US number four hit "It Don't Come Easy", and number ones "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen". … Read More
1971 31 Years Old In 1971, Starr participated in the Concert for Bangladesh, organised by Harrison, and with him co-wrote the hit single "It Don't Come Easy", which reached number four in both the US and the UK. … Read More
1973 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, he earned two number one hits in the US: "Photograph", a UK number eight hit that was co-written with Harrison, and "You're Sixteen", written by the Sherman Brothers. … Read More
1975 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Starr founded the record label Ring O'Records in 1975. … Read More


1980 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Following Lennon's murder in 1980, Harrison modified the lyrics of a song he had originally written for Starr, "All Those Years Ago", as a tribute to their former bandmate. … Read More
1981 - 1984 2 More Events
1985 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, he performed with his son Zak as part of Artists United Against Apartheid on the recording, Sun City.
1987 - 1988 2 More Events
1989 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Starr also portrayed the character Mr. Conductor in the programme's American spin-off Shining Time Station, which debuted in 1989 on PBS. … Read More


1992 52 Years Old In 1992, Starr released his first studio album in nine years, Time Takes Time, which was produced by Phil Ramone, Don Was, Lynne and Peter Asher and featured guest appearances by various stars including Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson.
1994 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Starr began a collaboration with the surviving former Beatles for the Beatles Anthology project. … Read More
1998 58 Years Old In 1998, he released two albums on the Mercury label. … Read More


2002 62 Years Old Starr was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2002, joining an elite group including Buddy Rich, William F. Ludwig, Sr., and William F. Ludwig, Jr. On 29 November 2002 (the first anniversary of Harrison's death), Starr performed "Photograph" and a cover of Carl Perkins' "Honey Don't" at the Concert for George held in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
2003 63 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Starr formed Pumkinhead Records with All-Starr Band member Mark Hudson. … Read More
2005 65 Years Old In 2005, Liverpool's City Council announced plans to demolish Starr's birthplace, 9Madryn Street, stating that it had "no historical significance". … Read More
Starr released Liverpool 8 in 2008, an album produced by David A. Stewart, Mark Hudson and Starr. … Read More
On 4 April 2009, Starr reunited with McCartney at the David Lynch "Change Begins Within" Benefit Concert at Radio City Music Hall. … Read More
2010 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010 Starr self-produced and released his fifteenth studio album, Y Not, which included the track "Walk with You" and featured a vocal contribution from McCartney. … Read More
2011 - 2013 3 More Events
2014 74 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2014, Starr reunited with McCartney for a special performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards performing the song "Queenie Eye" at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. … Read More
In January 2015 Starr tweeted the title of his new 11-track studio album, Postcards from Paradise.
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