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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: Ringo 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.

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.



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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2015

Ringo Starr - Photo's of a host of rock and roll stars as they attended the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2015 ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio, United States - Saturday 18th April 2015

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Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh

Green Day Crash into Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame with Emotional Speeches and Powerful Gig


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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

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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.

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Ringo Starr Was "Drunk For 20 Years" After Beatles Breakup


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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.

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"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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Ringo Starr Announced As The New Face Of Skechers


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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.

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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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John Varvatos' International Day of Peace Celebration - Arrivals

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach - A number of stars we're snapped as they arrived at John Varvatos' International Day of Peace Celebration at the John Varvatos Boutique in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 21st September 2014

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Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
Madchen Amick, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

John Varvatos launch their first European store

Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Ringo Star and John Varvatos - John Varvatos first European store launch - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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Iggy Pop, Ringo Star and John Varvatos
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GQ Defends Decision to Award Tony Blair "Philanthropist of the Year"


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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 BlairTony 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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GQ Men Of The Year Awards - Arrivals

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach - GQ Men Of The Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

GQ Men of the Year Awards

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach - GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
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Who Is Jordyn Blum? Wife Of Foo Fighter's Frontman Dave Grohl


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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?

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Despite touring and recording commitments, Grohl is a devoted husband to Jordyn and father to three daughters.

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Happy Days! Why Ron Howard Will Make A Great Director Of The Beatles Documentary


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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.

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Ron Howard will direct the upcoming Beatles documentary.

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The Beatles Revived One More Time In Concert Documentary About The Early Years


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Big news, Beatles fans: a new authorised documentary on the rock icons is in the works, with Ron Howard slated to direct. The film will include new interviews with both surviving members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, the surviving wives of John Lennon and George Harrison. The production has been authorised by Apple Corps Ltd., the band's holding company.

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Nearly 45 years after their break-up, fans of The Beatles are still hungry for more from the iconic band.

As for the subject matter, the as-of-yet-unnamed documentary is slated to focus on the band’s earliest years, between 1960 and 1966, during which the Liverpool foursome released 20 studio and live records in total, from their first record Please Please Me, released in ’63 to the 1966 landmark, Revolver.

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Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary, From Cavern Club to San Francisco


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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a documentary about The Beatles, following their journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Crucially, the movie is being made in-corporation with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono.

Ron HowardRon Howard [L] will direct the Beatles documentary [Getty/Christopher Polk]

Howard - known for Apollo 14, The Da Vinci Code and Frost/Nixon - called it "an astounding story".

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A Hard Days Night [Remastered] Trailer


In 1964, black and white music comedy 'A Hard Day's Night' was released, starring the world's most famous rock band The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took to the big screen at the peak of what was commonly referred to as Beatlemania, but not to do your average music documentary. The movie shows the Liverpool lads' eventful trip from their hometown to London, encountering overexcited fans, dealing with Paul's very irresponsible grandfather, and going on a rather comical trip around the city in a bid to find Ringo after Paul's grandfather convinced him to wander off. Luckily enough, no problem was too serious and they eventually managed to hit the stage for a major concert to be televised for the movie.

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Ozzy Osbourne Was Left (Literally) Speechless By The Beatles


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You’d think someone of Ozzy Osbourne’s status wouldn’t be star struck by anyone, but the legendary rocker was left speechless when he was tasked with introducing fellow musician, Ringo Starr at The Grammy Awards.

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Ozzy Attended The Grammys With His Wife Sharon & Daughter Kelly.

Apparently, he joined his Black Sabbath bandmates on stage to pay tribute to Starr, but immiedietly became overcome with nerves when he saw Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in the crowd looking back at him.

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