July 7: Ringo Starr was born in 1940
Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. Ringo was a professional drummer who sang and performed and was in one of the top groups in Britain, but especially in Liverpool. So Ringo’s talent would have come out one way or the other … whatever that spark is in Ringo, we all know it but can’t put our finger on it. Whether it’s acting, drumming, or singing, I don’t know. There’s something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced as an individual … Ringo is a damn good drummer.
~John Lennon (Sept 1980)
Beatles accept award Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1988:
Nice tribute video from youtube:
Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He joined the Beatles in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his drumming, Starr is featured on lead vocals on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine”, and the Beatles version of “Act Naturally”). He is credited as a co-writer of the songs “What Goes On” and “Flying”, and as the writer of “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”.
As drummer for the Beatles, Starr was musically creative, and his contribution to the band’s music has received high praise from notable drummers in more recent times. Starr described himself as “your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills”. Drummer Steve Smith said that Starr’s popularity “brought forth a new paradigm” where “we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect” and that Starr “composed unique, stylistic drum parts for The Beatles songs”.
In 2011, Starr was picked as the fifth-best drummer of all-time by Rolling Stone readers.
But as we all know he is the best drummer in rock history (-Hallgeir)
Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor among the Beatles, playing a central role in several of their films, and appearing in numerous other films, both during and after his career with the Beatles.
It don’t come easy (1971) – Concert for Bangladesh:
After the Beatles’ break-up in 1970, Starr achieved solo musical success with several singles and albums, and recorded with each of his fellow ex-Beatles as they too developed their post-Beatle musical careers. Since 1989, Starr has toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
Here is a full concert with Ringo Starr & His (first) All-Starr Band:
The Beatles – Act Naturally (B. Owens):
Album of the day, Ringo Starr – Very Best of:
-Hallgeir & Egil