Happy Birthday Ringo!

It was 70 years ago today... that RINGO STARR was born.
After fighting a series of childhood illnesses, the young Richard Starkey became an in-demand drummer in his native Liverpool and he replaced Pete Best in the group that was to become the most famous band in the world - the Beatles.
Now, as Starr turns 70, we thought we'd take a look back over his life and dig up some of the facts you might not know about the old rocker.
Happy Birthday Ringo!
- Ringo will celebrate his 70th with a private party at New York's Hard Rock Cafe and then perform with his All Starr Band at Radio City Music Hall in the evening.
- Ringo has been asking fans to hold up V signs and chant 'peace and love' at noon on his birthday every year since 2008.
- Ringo wasn't a fan of India when the Beatles went there to study meditation in 1968. He didn't like the food and returned to the UK after just 10 days, telling friends the experience was just like British holiday camp Butlins.
- Ringo came up with the title for the first Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night, after a lengthy recording session. Filmmaker Walter Shenson jumped on the phrase as the title for the movie and commissioned John Lennon and Paul MCCartney to write a song matching the title, according to leading Beatles historian Martin Lewis.
- John Lennon once joked that Ringo "isn't even the best drummer in the Beatles!" but his three bandmates all used him to play drums on their solo albums.
- Ringo never fell out with any of his bandmates. While they were feuding with each other, Starr remained neutral and kept in touch with each of them.
- Ringo is left-handed but plays a right-handed drum kit.
- Ringo wrote novelty tune Octopus' Garden while holidaying with Peter Sellers on the funnyman's yacht. Starr had walked out on the Beatles, disgusted with the band’s tensions and bored with waiting around to contribute to the White Album.
- Ringo is the only Beatle to have failed to top the U.K. singles and album chart as a solo artist. He has had two number one tunes in the U.S.
- In 1971, Ringo started a furniture company with designer Robin Cruikshank. Starr’s contributions included a doughnut-shaped fireplace.
- In 1975, Ringo founded his own record label, Ring O’Records.
- Ringo was inducted into the Percussive Hall of Fame in 2002, alongside Ella Fitzgerald's drummer Ed Thigpen, who died earlier this year.
- Ringo was the voice of kids show Thomas The Tank Engine in the U.K. in the mid-1980s on the ITV Network in the U.K. He was also the original little conductor on Shining Time Station in the U.S.
- Ringo shares his birthday with designer Pierre Cardin.
- Ringo is the oldest Beatle. He is three months older than John Lennon.
- At 15, Ringo could barely read or write because he had spent so much time in hospital as a child - he fell into a two-month coma after complications from appendicitis at the age of six and he developed pleurisy when he was 13.
- Ringo made an animated appearance as himself on The Simpsons episode Brush with Greatness.
- Ringo was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965, alongside his Beatles bandmates. He also shared the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Let It Be. Each Beatle received an Oscar statuette.
- The minor planet 4150 Starr, discovered on 31 August 1984 by Brian A. Skiff at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory, was named in Ringo's honour.
- On 8 February, 2010, Ringo was honoured with the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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There was a bit in the above story--the one on this page--with John Lennon saying Ringo supposedly wasn't the best drummer? I've read scads of Beatles books and the quote's always been attributed to Paul. Maybe I'm wrong (personally, I wish no one had ever said it, Ringo's the heartbeat and emotional glue that brings wonderful things together.) "Magical Mystery Tours," by Tony Bramwell, backs up Ringo and John's amity saying that while John might sometimes take verbal or emotional jabs at anyone else, he really respected Ringo, the book said he didn't do the same to Ringo at all (which sounds like a bit of a sweeping generalization, even loving them all as I do, everyone's human, right?) I'm just so glad all 4 men existed and hold Ringo's exemplary generous spirit and bon vivant character (in the best possible use of the term) as a quality I try to embody and feel lucky to find in others : )The world has a real treasure in Ringo Starr. May he always have the peace and love he perpetuates, a million times over, esp. as the love, peace and respect of his fans resonates back to him.Happy Birthday, Ringo! Thank you for being all that you are♥
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO. My son Mario loves the Beatles since he is a child. He is 28 years old and I am writing this in his behalf. Mario suffered was attacked in another country 6 years ago and he is quadraplejic now. He was in comma for 6 months and it is a miracle he is alive. The only thing that we know he really likes is all the music of the Beatles and we play it all the time and he sings all the songs along. He had a pet that he named Ringo in your honor and then the son of Ringo was named George. Mario lived in London when he went to college there and the only thing that keeps him happy is hearing the Beatles songs over and over. HAPPY BIRTHDAY from us. We LOVE YOU RINGO.
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Actually, Ringo's 2nd hospitalization was for tuberculosis. There was a stigma attached to TB at the time (you had to live in squalor to get it, it was assumed), so it was said he had pleurisy. At last count, Ringo's life has been spared six times: those two very serious childhood diseases; a fire at his L.A. home; emergency surgery for a perforated intestine; a roll-over accident from which he and Barbara Bach walked away; and alcoholism so serious he was having blackouts. It was, appropriately, love (for Barbara) that saved him, and he's been the poster-boy for a healthy lifestyle for the last 22 years. Peace and love, Ringo -- and many happy returns.
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