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Ringo Starr

About

Sir Richard Starkey (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who achieved international fame as the drummer for the Beatles. Starr occasionally sang lead vocals with the group, usually for one song on each album, including "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help from My Friends". He also wrote and sang the Beatles songs "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden", and is credited as a co-writer of others.

Starr was afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during childhood, with periods of prolonged hospitalisation. He briefly held a position with British Rail before securing an apprenticeship as a machinist at a Liverpool school equipment manufacturer. Soon afterwards, Starr became interested in the UK skiffle craze and developed a fervent admiration for the genre. In 1957, he co-founded his first band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, which earned several prestigious local bookings before the fad succumbed to American rock and roll around early 1958. When the Beatles formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. After achieving moderate success in the UK and Hamburg, he quit the Hurricanes when he was asked to join the Beatles in August 1962, replacing Pete Best.

In addition to the Beatles' films, Starr has acted in numerous others. After the band's break-up in 1970, he released several successful singles including the US top-ten hit "It Don't Come Easy", and number ones "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen". His most successful UK single was "Back Off Boogaloo", which peaked at number two. He achieved commercial and critical success with his 1973 album Ringo, which was a top-ten release in both the UK and the US. Starr has featured in numerous documentaries, hosted television shows, narrated the first two series of the children's television program Thomas & Friends and portrayed "Mr. Conductor" during the first season of the PBS children's television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, he has toured with thirteen variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

Starr's playing style, which emphasised feel over technical virtuosity, influenced many drummers to reconsider their playing from a compositional perspective. He also influenced various modern drumming techniques, such as the matched grip, tuning the drums lower, and using muffling devices on tonal rings. In his opinion, his finest recorded performance was on the Beatles' "Rain". In 1999, he was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named him the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. He was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a Beatle in 1988 and as a solo artist in 2015, and appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to music. In 2020, he was cited as the wealthiest drummer in the world, with a net worth of $350 million.

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August 1, 2022

Ringo Starr Announces ‘Cleverly-Named’ New Mini-Album, ‘EP3’

The collection of "feel-good lyrics' and "easy-breezy melodies" is due out in September.

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August 1, 2022

Ringo Starr unveils details of new EP, ‘EP3’

“I am in my studio writing and recording every chance I get" The post Ringo Starr unveils details of new EP, ‘EP3’ appeared first on NME.

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July 22, 2022

Peter Jackson to develop “very different” Beatles film with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr

"It needs technology that doesn’t quite exist at the moment" The post Peter Jackson to develop “very different” Beatles film with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr appeared first on NME.

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July 21, 2022

Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr Featured in Upcoming ‘Let There Be Drums!’ Documentary

Upcoming film features what may be Foo Fighters drummer's final filmed interview

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July 21, 2022

Taylor Hawkins and Ringo Starr to feature in new documentary ‘Let There Be Drums!’

It will include one of the final interviews with the late Foo Fighters drummer The post Taylor Hawkins and Ringo Starr to feature in new documentary ‘Let There Be Drums!’ appeared first on NME.

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June 18, 2022

Paul McCartney’s 80th Birthday Celebrated by Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Sean Ono Lennon & More: See Their Tributes

"Thanks for all the lovely greetings and warm wishes for my birthday," Macca tweeted.

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June 18, 2022

Sean Ono Lennon Marks Paul McCartney’s 80th Birthday With ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ Cover

Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and many more pay tribute to Beatles legend on landmark birthday

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June 13, 2022

Ringo Starr postpones summer tour dates after band members contract COVID-19

The remaining 12 shows have now been moved to Starr’s autumn run The post Ringo Starr postpones summer tour dates after band members contract COVID-19 appeared first on NME.

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June 11, 2022

Ringo Starr Postpones Summer Tour Dates After All Starr Band Members Test Positive for COVID-19

“We are so sorry to let the fans down,” the legendary Beatles drummer said.

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June 11, 2022

Ringo Starr Postpones Summer Tour After Two All-Starrs Test Positive for Covid

"Covid is still here and despite being careful these things happen," legendary drummer says

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June 5, 2022

Ringo Starr shares drumming tips as he accepts honorary degree: “I just hit the buggers”

Starr said receiving the honour was like “some strange fairy tale" The post Ringo Starr shares drumming tips as he accepts honorary degree: “I just hit the buggers” appeared first on NME.

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June 3, 2022

Ringo Starr Drops Drumming Wisdom While Accepting Honorary Degree: ‘I Just Hit Them’

The former Beatle was finally able to accept his doctorate from the Berklee College of Music after being unable to attend their graduation ceremony last month

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June 3, 2022

Ringo Starr Gets Honorary Degree From Berklee College of Music

Gregg Bissonette, the drummer in the All Starr Band, and Berklee President Erica Muhl provided opening remarks at Thursday's (June 2) event.

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May 26, 2022

Ringo Starr Preps for First Tour in 2 Years by Launching an NFT Collection

"Who'd have thought I would be spreading Peace and Love in the MetaVerse."

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May 25, 2022

Ringo Starr offers access to “groundbreaking digital gallery experience” with NFT collection

“I am excited to join this digital art community,” he said in a video announcing the collection The post Ringo Starr offers access to “groundbreaking digital gallery experience” with NFT collection appeared first on NME.

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April 17, 2022

Ringo Starr adds further dates to 2022 North American tour

The legendary Beatles drummer and his All-Starr band hit the road next month The post Ringo Starr adds further dates to 2022 North American tour appeared first on NME.

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April 7, 2022

Rare Paul McCartney demo on cassette tape is set to fetch £10,000

'Attention' originally featured on Ringo Starr's 1981 album 'Stop And Smell The Roses' The post Rare Paul McCartney demo on cassette tape is set to fetch £10,000 appeared first on NME.

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April 5, 2022

Paul McCartney’s ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ Lyrics Can Be Yours for Around Half a Million

"The worst session ever was ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer," Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone in 2008. "It was the worst track we ever had to record. It went on for fucking weeks. I thought it was mad."

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April 2, 2022

Liam Gallagher responds to judge over son Gene’s trial: “From one entitled prick to another”

Gene, along with Ringo Starr's grandson Sonny Stark and model Noah Ponte, had their charges thrown out over a fight at Tesco The post Liam Gallagher responds to judge over son Gene’s trial: “From one entitled prick to another” appeared first on NME.

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April 2, 2022

Charges dropped while judge blasts Liam Gallagher’s son and Ringo Starr’s grandson for “out of order” Tesco fight

The judge reportedly described them as “entitled”, though said the Tesco staff involved had “overreacted” The post Charges dropped while judge blasts Liam Gallagher’s son and Ringo Starr’s grandson for “out of order” Tesco fight appeared first on NME.

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March 30, 2022

Liam Gallagher’s son and Ringo Starr’s grandson’s trial over Tesco fight begins today

Gene Gallagher, Sonny Stark and model Noah Ponte are accused of assaulting shop staff at a Tesco store during an alleged fight in May 2019 The post Liam Gallagher’s son and Ringo Starr’s grandson’s trial over Tesco fight begins today appeared first on NME.

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March 26, 2022

Lars Ulrich, Axl Rose, Ringo Starr and More Pay Tribute to Taylor Hawkins

Travis Barker, Brian Wilson, Kiss and Jimmy Page all remember beloved Foo Fighters drummer following his death at the age of 50

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February 11, 2022

Earthling

The Pearl Jam leader’s first solo album in over a decade is an amiable, tuneful set with appearances from Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and Elton John.

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February 10, 2022

Eddie Vedder’s Star-Studded ‘Earthling’ Is a Reminder of His Individuality

The Pearl Jam singer's latest solo album features appearances by Elton John, Ringo Starr, and Stevie Wonder, and leans into PJ's sound in a way his work away from the band rarely has

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February 8, 2022

Ringo Starr announces North American tour dates for May and June 2022

The All-Starr Band features a returning Edgar Winter and Colin Hay The post Ringo Starr announces North American tour dates for May and June 2022 appeared first on NME.

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February 7, 2022

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Finally Set to Return to the Road This Spring

“I can’t wait to get back out on the road and play,” Starr said in a statement. “This is the longest I’ve been off the road in years"

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January 14, 2022

Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and more to feature on Eddie Vedder’s new album

The Pearl Jam frontman's 'Earthling' is set to arrive next month The post Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and more to feature on Eddie Vedder’s new album appeared first on NME.

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January 14, 2022

Eddie Vedder Reveals Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr Appear on New Album, Shares New Song: Listen

Check out “Brother the Cloud” from Earthling, which arrives in February

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January 10, 2022

Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr to feature on tribute album ‘Brother Johnny’

The 17-track record is being released to celebrate Johnny Winter The post Taylor Hawkins, Ringo Starr to feature on tribute album ‘Brother Johnny’ appeared first on NME.

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December 16, 2021

Joe Walsh Gears Up for VetsAid ‘Basement Show’ With Ringo Starr

They'll be joined by keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Leland Sklar, and drummer Russ Kunkel

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Discs

World Go Round

July 29, 2022

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Change The World

September 17, 2021

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Let's Change The World

August 12, 2021

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Zoom In EP

March 19, 2021

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Here’s To The Nights

December 16, 2020

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What's My Name

October 25, 2019

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Give More Love

September 15, 2017

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Now The Time Has Come

January 20, 2017

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Postcards From Paradise

March 31, 2015

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Ringo 2012

January 1, 2012

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Y Not

January 1, 2010

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Live At The Greek Theatre 2008

January 1, 2010

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Live On Tour

July 8, 2008

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Liverpool 8

January 1, 2008

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Choose Love

June 7, 2005

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Tour 2003

March 23, 2004

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Ringorama Limited Edition Deluxe Set

November 11, 2003

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Ringorama

March 25, 2003

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I Wanna Be Santa Claus

January 1, 1999

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Vertical Man

January 1, 1998

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Ringo Starr VH1 Storytellers

January 1, 1998

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Time Takes Time

January 1, 1992

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In My Car

May 3, 1983

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Old Wave

March 10, 1983

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Private Property

May 3, 1982

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Wrack My Brain

May 3, 1981

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Stop and Smell the Roses

February 16, 1981

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Bad Boy

January 1, 1978

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Ringo The 4th

January 1, 1977

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Ringo's Rotogravure

January 1, 1976

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Goodnight Vienna

January 1, 1974

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Ringo

January 1, 1973

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Beaucoups Of Blues

September 25, 1970

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Sentimental Journey

March 27, 1970

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