Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

Rock Musician
Born Jul 7, 1940

Richard Starkey, MBE, known 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 in 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 27 Years Old Epstein's death in August 1967 left the Beatles without management; Starr remarked: "was a strange time for us, when it's someone who've relied on in the business, where we never got involved." … Read More
1968 28 Years Old In February 1968, Starr became the first Beatle to sing during another artist's show without the other three present. … Read More


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 - 1974 4 More Events
1975 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Starr founded the record label Ring O'Records in 1975. … Read More
1976 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 1976 Starr appeared as a guest at the Band's farewell concert, featured in the 1978 Martin Scorsese documentary The Last Waltz.


1980 - 1984 5 More Events
1985 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Starr performed with his son Zak as part of Artists United Against Apartheid on the recording "Sun City", and, with Harrison and Eric Clapton, was among the special guests on Carl Perkins' TV special Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session.
1987 47 Years Old In 1987 he played drums on Harrison's Beatles pastiche "When We Was Fab" and also appeared in Godley & Creme's innovative video clip for the song. … Read More
1988 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1988, he attended the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, with Harrison and Ono (the latter representing Lennon), to accept the Beatles' induction into the Hall of Fame.
1989 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On 23 July 1989, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band gave their first performance to an audience of ten thousand in Dallas, Texas. … Read More


1990 - 1992 2 More Events
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, Starr released two albums on the Mercury label. … Read More
1999 59 Years Old Starr's final release for Mercury was the 1999 Christmas-themed I Wanna Be Santa Claus. … Read More


2002 - 2005 4 More Events
2008 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Starr released the album Liverpool 8 in January 2008, coinciding with the start of Liverpool's year as the European Capital of Culture. … Read More
In April 2009, Starr reunited with McCartney at the David Lynch Foundation's "Change Begins Within" benefit concert, held at New York's 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 joined McCartney for a special performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where they performed the song "Queenie Eye". … Read More
In January 2015 Starr tweeted the title of his new 11-track studio album, Postcards from Paradise.
2016 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In June 2016, it was announced that Ringo Starr was working with his All-Starrs band on a new album for 2017 (a twenty-five-year delayed project) and that the drummer was, then, working on eight new songs. … Read More
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