Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey; 7 July 1940) Ringo Starr is a British musician best known for being the drummer of The Beatles.
Childhood: Ringo Starr was born in Liverpool to mother Elsie (née Gleave) and Richard Starkey, who were both confectioners. Elsie and Richard separated when Starr was young and his father made little effort to visit him after, leaving Starr with 'no real memories' of his father. Elsie took on several jobs, before becoming a barmaid as she struggled to survive on Richard's support payments. When Starr was six years old he developed appendicitis, which caused him to fall into a three day coma. His recovery took twelve months. When he was discharged, his mother let him stay at home, causing him to miss school, meaning he was still illiterate at the age of eight. Starr nearly caught up with his peers academically after several years of twice a week tutoring from his neighbour, Marie Maguire, however in 1953 he contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to a hospital. During this time, the medical staff made an effort to stimulate Starr's motor ability, which led to Starr's first percussive instrument; a makeshift mallet made from cotton which he used to strike cabinets by his bed.
Starr went to Church of England primary school St Silas near his house, and then Dingle Vale Secondary modern school. Starr was often behind his classmates due to hospitalisations. After Starr's recovery from tuberculosis, he did not go back to school, choosing instead to stay at home and listen to music while playing along hitting a biscuit tin with sticks. Starr entered the UK workforce in 1955, briefly having a job at British Rail. However, Starr was let go from this job and was granted unemployment benefits. He then became a waiter on a day boat, serving drinks, but he quit the job with the fear that he would be subscribed to military service, thinking that the job would give the Royal Navy he was suitable for seafaring work. At his next job as an apprentice machinist, he met Roy Trafford who introduced him to skiffle, which Starr soon became a big fan of.
Musical Career: Starr was in a few bands before joining The Beatles, including Eddie Clayton and the Clayton Squares, Rory Storm and The Hurricanes and he drummed for Tony Sheridan. Starr joined The Beatles in 1962, replacing their original drummer Pete Best. John Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison, completed the band's line-up. Starr played his first show with The Beatles at a Horticultural Society dance at Port Sunlight on 18 August 1962. At this time, Beatles fans were upset at Best's firing, so they held vigils outside Starr's house shouting 'Pete forever! Ringo never!' Starr first recorded with The Beatles in September 1962. Beatles producer George Martin was not impressed with Starr at first, Starr stating that Martin thought he was 'crazy and couldn't play because I was trying to play the percussion and the drums at the same time, we were just a four piece band'. Martin replaced Starr with session drummer Andy White for the next recording session, which was The Beatles' first single 'Love Me Do'. Starr played tambourine on the track and maracas on the song's B-side 'P.S. I Love You'. This left Starr worried about his position in the band.
As of November 1962 Beatles fans had accepted Starr, who were now calling for him to sing songs and send him as much fan mail as the other Beatles members received, helping secure his position in the band. The Beatles became increasingly popular in England. Second single 'Please Please Me' went into the UK charts and an appearance on television show 'That Your Lucky Stars' gained them good reviews, causing to an increase in sales and radio play. The Beatles had become an international success by the end of that year, with a phenomenon called 'Beatlemania' spreading through the country and crossing over into America. An appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show gained a record breaking 73 million viewers.
The Beatles made their film debut in 'A Hard Day's Night', where Starr's performance received much praise from critics, who noted his humorous delivery as great part of the film. Starr won a Melody Maker poll against the other Beatles, after the release of the second Beatles film 'Help!', for his performance in the film. During their period of major success, Starr felt that his input into their albums were minimal, stating that he felt more like a session musician than a member of the band due to his inability to compose new material and the other members directing his drumming style. Starr sang lead vocals on a handful of Beatles songs, such as 'Yellow Submarine', 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and 'Octapus's Garden'. The Beatles split up in 1970, following Lennon's decision to leave as well as McCartney's.
Since The Beatles' demise, Starr has released seventeen solo albums, including 1973's 'Ringo' which was certified gold in the United Kingdom and Platinum in the United States and 1974's 'Goodnight Vienna' which was certified silver in the UK and gold in the US. Starr has also guested on many other albums as a guest drummer including John Lennon's 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' and George Harrison's 'Dark Horse'. Starr's musicianship and contribution to music has been praised by both critics as well as other musician's such as Phil Collins, Steve Smith and Dave Grohl.
In 2014, Starr joined fellow band mate McCartney for an exclusive performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles he then went on to tour Canada and the US in the same year. In July he was involved in #peacerocks which was an anti-violence campaign and won a GQ award for his humanitarian work throughout the project. In 2015 Starr tweeted his fans the title of his 18th studio album Postcards from Paradise (released March 2015) which is said to be autobiographical.
Personal life: Ringo Starr married Maureen Starkey Tigrett in 1965, with Beatles manager Brain Epstein being best man. Starr and Tigrett had three children together, Zak, Jason and Lee. Starr bought Lennon's former home, Tittenhurst Park at Sunninghill in Berkshire, then moved his family there. Starr and Tigrett divorced in 1975, due to Starr's constant infidelities. Tigrett died of Leukaemia in 1994. Starr married actress Barbara Bach in 1981, whom he'd met on the set of the film 'Caveman' in 1980. Starr became a grandfather in 1985, following the birth of his son Zak's daughter Tatia Jayne Starkey. Starr has admitted that he has battled an addiction to alcohol for 20 years after the split of The Beatles and says that after the split it left him absolutely lost.
A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.
All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.
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In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen.
Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too.
Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.
The contract, which replaced Pete Best with Ringo Starr on drums, is the only management contract the group ever signed.
The document, dated October 1st 1962, was signed at Epstein’s office in Whitechapel a matter of days before the group released their first single ‘Love Me Do’. It confirmed Epstein, often referred to as the ‘Fifth Beatle’, as the group’s permanent manager and also brought in Richard Starkey (known obviously as Ringo Starr) in place of their former drummer Pete Best.
The Beatles' management contract went under the hammer this week
Julien's Auctions, the world's premier entertainment auction house, is proud to announce the December 4th and 5th auction of Property from The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. The once-in-a-lifetime collection curated by Ringo and Barbara, features items from their London estate, Beverly Hills and Monaco residences. The couple, who met in 1980 on the movie set of Caveman, when Ringo first met the beautiful actress and former Bond girl Barbara, married in 1981 and have enjoyed an enduring love since. Comprised of musical instruments including drums and guitars, career memorabilia from the Beatles era and Ringo's solo career including his All-Starr Band, fine antiques, custom-made eclectic furnishings, fine art and personal items, this auction will be a unique and historic event. The auction of The Property From The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach includes the most important drum kit to ever hit the auction block. Among the seven of Starr's personal drum kits in the auction is the iconic musician's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit. The kit was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits including: "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "All My Loving," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Money," and "I Wanna Be Your Man," and many others. Paul McCartney also used the Oyster Black Pearl kit on his first solo album, McCartney. This specific drum kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years (Est. $300,000 - $500,000). "I am not sure I can find the right words to describe how remarkable this auction is," said Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien's Auctions. "To be able to say you are representing such music royalty as that of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach is not only an honor but one of the greatest privileges of my life and professional career." The auction includes over 800 items whic at Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 14th September 2015
The document is expected to fetch around $150,000 when it goes on sale on September 19th.
A critical piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is to go on sale next month, with the news that the first ever recording contract signed by The Beatles is to go under the hammer in New York.
The Associated Press reports that the contract, believed to have been signed when The Fab Four were in Hamburg, Germany in 1961 serving as backing band for Tony Sheridan on the song ‘My Bonnie’, will be up for auction alongside about 300 other pop music artefacts sold by the estate of Uwe Blaschke, a German record producer and graphic designer who died in 2010.
A fresh-faced Fab Four at the start of their career
The band were inducted in their first year of eligibility.
This year's inductees into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, Joan Jett and Ringo Starr, definitely fall within the "about time" category. And they aren't the only ones. The 2015 inductees also include the cool kids of rock, Green Day.
Green Day were a bit overwhelmed on the night of their induction.
The Bay area trio also played a pretty intense show on the night of their induction, reminding everyone why they were the band to take punk rock to the masses back in the 1990s. From the opening power chords of American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool had the crowud at Cleveland's Public Hall up on their feet and dancing along to the tune of 90s nostalgia.
Ringo Starr will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ringo Starr admits he was drunk for 20 years after the breakup of The Beatles. Starr, who is to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, admits he turned to drink when the fab four decided to go their separate ways.
Barbara Bach [L] and Ringo Starr [R]
"I was drunk. Some of those years are absolutely gone," Starr, 74, told The Huffington Post of the years after the split
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The 74 year-old drummer will feature in Skechers' spring campaign for their new Relaxed Fit footwear line.
One of the world's most recognizable musicians, Ringo Starr of The Beatles is trading in his drum kit for a pair of brand new shoes as he has been announced as the new face of Skechers' Relaxed Fit footwear line.
Ringo is the new face of Skechers
The 74 year-old rocker, who is the first-ever musician to appear in the footwear commercial series, follow in the footsteps of sporting figures like Joe Montana, Mark Cuban and Joe Namath with his new modelling gig.
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The decision to award Tony Blair "philanthropist of the year" was met with outrage in the House of Commons and hilarity on Twitter.
GQ magazine has defended its much criticised decision to award former Prime Minister Tony Blair the award for "philanthropist of the year." Awards producer Richard Dodson told BBC Radio 5 said Blair deserved the award for his work with the Faith Foundation, though conceded that the magazine liked celebrities who "cause a bit of a stir".
Tony Blair - the philanthropist of the year [Getty/Peter Macdiarmid]
The decision was criticised by some MP's including Labour's John Mann who said "it sends out the wrong message" adding, "This sort of award should go to an unsung hero who has given up their time for charity."
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Blum and her husband Dave Grohl have recently had their third child together, but what do we know about his wife?
As the animalistic drummer in Nirvana and the guitar-thrashing frontman in Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is one of the most well-known and prolific rockstars on the planet. Having survived the grunge era with one of the defining bands on the nineties and achieved equal commercial success in the Foos, Grohl has successfully secured a place in the pantheon of rock. He is, by all means, a true rock God with his screaming vocals and continual head banging. But it is easy to forget, that the man who used to destroy drum kits on a nightly basis, a chap who barely bats an eyelid at the prospect of playing to tens of thousands of people, is also a father and a husband. But who is the woman who managed to tame this punk-addled wild man?
Despite touring and recording commitments, Grohl is a devoted husband to Jordyn and father to three daughters.
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Ron Howard may seem an unusual choice to direct documentary about The Beatles, but there are certainly some pretty good reasons why he's bound to make an excellent producer and director of the upcoming and unnamed film.
Ron Howard is set to direct a new documentary focussing on The Beatles' journey from The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their final performance in San Francisco in 1966. The documentary will use archive footage and recent interviews to trace the astronomic rise of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.
Ron Howard will direct the upcoming Beatles documentary.
Date of birth
7th July, 1940
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