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Ringo Starr

Ringo StarrAKA Richard Starkey Jr.

Born: 7-Jul-1940
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Drummer, Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Beatle

Richard Starkey Jr. was an only child of English working-class parents. His father left the family when Ringo was three, and young Starkey endured a somewhat sickly childhood with recurring bouts of tuberculosis. He got his first set of drums at 13, and dropped out of school at 15. After that, Starr worked as a delivery man and drummed for Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. He was hired to replace drummer Pete Best as the fourth and final Beatle, and alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. Despite the band's phenomenal success, Starr has been described as a merely adequate drummer. He sang on only a handful of their songs -- "Yellow Submarine", "With a Little Help from My Friends" -- and wrote only two of their songs, "Octopus' Garden" and "Don't Pass Me By."

After the Beatles broke up, Starr had solo hits including "It Don't Come Easy", "Photograph", "You're 16", and "Oh My My", while doing the occasional light acting. He narrated the delightful Harry Nilsson cartoon The Point, then produced Son of Dracula film starring Nilsson as the Count and Starr as Merlin the Magician. Starr co-starred in Mae West's last film, Sextette, and starred in the Caveman with Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, and Barbara Bach. Bach and Starr were married in 1981. He played the Mock Turtle in a 1986 BBC telemovie of Alice in Wonderland. He was the train's conductor on Shining Time Station in 1990 and 1991, until he was replaced by George Carlin.

Starr tours with his All Starr Band, with a varying lineup that has included Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce, Colin Hay, Paul Carrack, Mark Rivera, and Sheila E, as well as Ringo's drummer son Zak.

Father: Richard Starkey, Sr.
Mother: Elise Starkey
Father: Harry Graves (stepfather)
Wife: Maureen Cox (dated 1962-65, m. 11-Feb-1965, div. 17-Jul-1975, d. 30-Nov-1994, cancer)
Son: Zak Starkey (musician, Lightning Seeds, The Who, b. 13-Sep-1965, with Cox)
Son: Jason Starkey (musician, b. 19-Aug-1967, with Cox)
Daughter: Lee Starkey (fashion designer, b. 17-Nov-1970)
Girlfriend: Nancy Andrews (model, dated in early 1970s, while married to Cox)
Girlfriend: Lynsey de Paul (musician)
Wife: Barbara Bach (actress, m. 27-Apr-1981)

    The Beatles Drummer/Vocalist (1962-70)
    Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Drummer/Vocalist (1989-)
    Ringo Starr
    Tonsillectomy (Jun-1964)
    Sierra Tucson 1988
    Coma
    Member of the British Empire 1965
    Grammy Best New Artist(with The Beatles)(1964)
    Grammy Best Performance By A Vocal Group (for A Hard Day's Night with The Beatles)(1964)
    Grammy Best Contemporary Album (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with The Beatles)(1967)
    Grammy Album Of The Year (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with The Beatles)(1967)
    Grammy Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special (for Let It Be with The Beatles)(1970)
    Grammy Album Of The Year (for The Concert for Bangla Desh)(1972)
    Grammy Best Music Video, Long Form (for The Beatles Anthology with The Beatles)(1996)
    Grammy Best Music Video, Short Form (for Free As A Bird with The Beatles)(1996)
    Grammy Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for Free As A Bird with The Beatles)(1996)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with The Beatles)(1993)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Abbey Road with The Beatles)(1995)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Yesterday with The Beatles)(1997)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for I Want To Hold Your Hand with The Beatles)(1998)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Revolver with The Beatles)(1999)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Strawberry Fields Forever with The Beatles)(1999)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for The Beatles ('The White Album')with The Beatles)(2000)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for A Hard Day's Night with The Beatles)(2000)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Rubber Soul with The Beatles)(2000)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Hey Jude with The Beatles)(2001)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Meet The Beatles! with The Beatles)(2001)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Eleanor Rigby with The Beatles)(2002)
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award (for Let It Be with The Beatles)(2004)
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988 (with the Beatles)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 9-Feb-2010 (recordings)
    Ordained by the Universal Life Church Minister
    Asteroid Namesake 4150 Starr
    Endorsement of Pizza Hut 1995
    Endorsement of Sun Country Wine Cooler 1987
    Wedding: Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (2002)
    Esalen Performer
    Transcendental Meditation
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Alcoholism, Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, Vegetarian, Tonsillitis

    TELEVISION
    Shining Time Station (US) Mr. Conductor (1990-91)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Born to Boogie (18-Dec-1972)
    Magical Mystery Tour (26-Dec-1967)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2-Sep-2011) · Himself
    Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (2010) · Himself
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (14-Oct-2007) · Himself
    Concert for George (3-Oct-2003) · Himself
    The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit (1994) · Himself
    Alice in Wonderland (9-Dec-1985)
    Water (4-Apr-1985) · Band Member
    Give My Regards to Broad Street (23-Oct-1984)
    Caveman (17-Apr-1981) · Atouk
    The Kids Are Alright (26-Oct-1979) · Himself
    The Last Waltz (26-Apr-1978) · Himself
    Sextette (3-Mar-1978)
    Lisztomania (10-Oct-1975)
    Son of Dracula (Apr-1974)
    That'll Be the Day (12-Apr-1973)
    Born to Boogie (18-Dec-1972) · Himself
    The Concert for Bangladesh (23-Mar-1972) · Himself
    Blindman (11-Nov-1971)
    200 Motels (10-Nov-1971) · Larry The Dwarf
    The Point (1971) [VOICE]
    Let It Be (13-May-1970) · Himself
    The Magic Christian (12-Dec-1969)
    Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (21-Nov-1969) · Himself
    Candy (17-Dec-1968)
    Magical Mystery Tour (26-Dec-1967) · Himself
    The Beatles at Shea Stadium (1-May-1966) · Himself
    Help! (29-Jul-1965)
    A Hard Day's Night (6-Jul-1964)

Official Website:
http://www.ringostarr.com/

Is the subject of books:
Ringo Starr: Straight Man or Joker, Alan Clayson, BY: 1998, DETAILS: Sanctuary Publishing
The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia, Bill Harry, BY: 2004, DETAILS: Virgin
Ringo Starr: A Life, Alan Clayson, BY: 2005, DETAILS: Sanctuary Publishing

Author of books:
Postcards from the Boys (2004, Genesis Books/Chronicle Books)


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