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Early Life 

Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey on July 7th, 1940 in Liverpool, England. His parent s divorced when he was only three years old. His mother then married Harry Graves, who encouraged his interest in music. Starr was a sickly child, at six years old he contracted appendicitis and fell into a coma. At 13 Starr developed chronic pleurisy and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years. When he was released he never returned to school, the two year absence had set him back too far. Like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison Ringo got caught up in Liverpool's skiffle (a type of folk music with Jazz, Blues and Country influences, usually using homemade or improvised instruments.) craze. In 1957 Ringo Starr and Eddie Miles formed the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. In 1959 he joined the Raving Texans and adopted the stage name Ringo Starr. While performing with the band in Hamburg, Ringo met The Beatles. After returning to the UK he was asked to sit in for Pete Best(The Beatles's drummer at the time). When The Beatles dropped Best they asked Ringo to join the group. 
 

Musical Role in The Beatles

Drumming Ability and General Reception

Ringo admits he has technical limitations as a drummer but, the overall effect of his drumming has garnered high praise from notable drummers. Ringo said, "Whenever I hear another drummer I know I'm no good. I'm no good on the technical things ... I'm your basic offbeat drummer with funny fills. The fills were funny because I'm really left-handed playing a right-handed kit. I can't roll around the drums because of that. "  George Martin's explanation was "Ringo hit good and hard and used the tom-tom well, even though he couldn't do a roll to save his life" . When John Lennon was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world he jokingly replied, "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles! " but, also said "Ringo's a damn good drummer. He always was a good drummer. He's not technically good, but I think Ringo's drumming is underrated the same way as Paul's bass playing is underrated." 

 
Vocals

 While with The Beatles Ringo generally sang lead vocals one at least one song per studio album. In some cases Lennon or McCartney wrote the lyrics and melody especially for him. This is the case in "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help from my friends". These songs were tailored to Ringo's baritone vocal range. Ringo also did backing vocals for sever songs including "All Together Now", "Carry that Weight", and "The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill".
 

Solo Career

 
 Cover of Starr's first solo album "Sentimental Journey"
After the breakup of The Beatles Ringo released several solo albums with mixed responses. He has had a couple of successful hits in his solo including "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen". Starr toured extensively in 2008 but has not toured so far in 2009 and has tour tours planned for the future alone or with his band, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Discography

The Beatles

 
Album
Year
 Please Please Me
 1963
 With The Beatles
 1963
 A Hard Day's Night
 1964
 Beatles For Sale
 1964
 Help! 1965
 Rubber Soul
 1965
 Revolver
 1966
 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
 1967
 The Beatles (White Album)
 1968
 Yellow Submarine
 1969
 Abbey Road
 1969
 Let It Be
 1970

Solo Career


                          Album                             
Year
 Sentimental Journey
 1970
 Beaucops of Blues
 1970
 "Ringo" 1973
 Goodnight Vienna
 1974
 Ringo's Rotogravure
 1976
 Ringo the 4th
 1977
 Bad Boy
 1978
 Stop and Smell the Roses
 1981
 Old Wave
 1983
 Time Takes Time
 1992
 Vertical Man
 1998
 Ringo Rama
 2003
 Choose Love
 2005
  Liverpool 8
 2008
  Y Not 2010

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