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Given Name

Date of Birth

Birth Place

Richard Starkey

July 7, 1940

Liverpool, England

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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 became the Beatles' drummer in August 1962, taking the place of Pete Best. In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as 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'), as co-writer with the song 'What Goes On' and writer with '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', technically limited by being a left-handed person playing a right-handed kit.[1] 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.[2]

 

Starr is the most documented and critically acclaimed actor-Beatle, playing a central role in several Beatles films, and appearing in numerous other films, both during and after his career with the Beatles. 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. He has also been featured in a number of TV documentaries, hosted TV shows, narrated the first two series of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and portrayed 'Mr. Conductor' during the first season of the PBS children's television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, Starr has toured with eleven variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

 

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Ringo Starr PictureBackground information

Birth name

Richard Starkey Jr.

Also known as

Ringo Starr, Billy Shears

Born

7 July 1940 (age 71)

Liverpool, England

Genres

Rock, pop, psychedelic rock, world music

Occupations

Musician, singer, actor

Instruments

Vocals, drums, percussion, piano, keyboard, guitar

Years active

1957–present

Labels

Parlophone, United Artists,

Capitol, Apple, Swan, Vee-Jay,

Tollie, Atlantic, RCA, Mercury, Koch,

Private Music, Boardwalk, Rykodisc

Associated acts

The Beatles, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Plastic Ono Band

Website

RingoStarr.com

Notable instruments

Ludwig Super Classic Drumset

Ludwig Black Oyster Pearl Drumset

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Early life

 

Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of Elsie (née Gleave) and Richard Starkey, a confectioner.[3][4][5][6] His paternal grandfather was born with the surname 'Parkin', and later adopted his stepfather's surname, 'Starkey'.[7] Starr's parents split up when he was three years old,[8] and his mother subsequently married Harry Graves,[9] who encouraged his interest in music.[8][9][10] Starr's family moved when he was three years old to a smaller home at 10 Admiral Grove. Starr attended an Evangelical Anglican church during his childhood.[11] He was afflicted by illness for much of his early years. When aged six, he had appendicitis, which developed complications, causing him to fall into a coma.[12] At thirteen, he developed chronic pleurisy and was admitted to a sanatorium for two years.[13] After this extended hospital visit he did not return to school.[9][14] The periods of hospitalisation left him behind scholastically, and as a result he was ineligible to attend a grammar school or even sit its Eleven plus qualifying examination.[15] Earlier, Starr attended St Silas, a Church of England primary school in High Park Street, close to his home in Admiral Grove;[16] singer Billy Fury attended the school at the same time. Later, Starr attended Dingle Vale Secondary Modern School (now Shorefields Technology College), leaving in 1955.[17] While there, he showed an aptitude for art and drama as well as practical subjects including mechanics.[15] Starr's health problems had another enduring effect in the form of allergies and sensitivities to food, and when the Beatles travelled to India in 1968, he took his own food with him.[18]

 

Like John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Starr became caught up in Liverpool's skiffle craze.[19] In 1957, he and his friend Eddie Miles formed the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.[20] In 1959, he joined the Raving Texans,[21] now adopting the stage name 'Ringo Starr' because of the rings he wore[22] and because it sounded 'cowboyish', and his drum solos were billed as 'Starr Time'.[23] By October 1960, the band was renamed Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, and while they were performing in Hamburg, Starr met the Beatles.[24][25] On 16 October 1960 he drummed in Hamburg with Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, recording with them for the first time to back Hurricanes' singer Lu Walters.[26]

 

After returning to the UK, Starr sat in for Pete Best as the Beatles' drummer on 18 August 1961 and 5 February 1962.[27] The Beatles removed Best as their drummer on 16 August 1962, after Best had played in the early recording sessions at EMI Studios.

 

Starr's first performance as a full Beatle was on 18 August 1962 at a Horticultural Society dance at Port Sunlight.[27][28] After his appearance at the Cavern Club performance as a full Beatle the following day, Best's fans were upset at his sacking, holding vigils outside Best's house and fighting at the club, shouting 'Pete forever! Ringo never!'[27][29] George Harrison received a black eye from one of the fans.[30]

 

When he arrived at EMI Studios for the second time on 11 September, Starr was shocked to find another drummer there, session drummer Andy White who was commissioned by producer George Martin. Using sessions drummers familiar with studio techniques was a normal procedure for studio recordings in those days. Starr's view at the time was that Andy White was brought in because he thought George Martin viewed him as crazy. Of the 4 September rehearsal session, Starr stated, 'He [George Martin] thought I was crazy and couldn't play. Because when we were doing 'Please Please Me', I was actually playing the kit and in one hand I had a tambourine and a maracas in the other, because I was trying to play the percussion and the drums at the same time, because we were just a four piece band'.[31] Starr also stated, 'I thought, 'That’s the end, they’re doing a Pete Best on me.''[32]

 

The Beatles: 1962–1970

 

Vocals

 

Starr generally sang at least one song on each studio album as part of an attempt to establish the vocal personality of all four members. In some cases, Lennon or McCartney wrote the lyrics and melody especially for him, as they did for 'Yellow Submarine' from Revolver and 'With a Little Help from My Friends' on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[33] These melodies were tailored to Starr's baritone vocal range. Starr's backing vocals are heard on songs such as 'Carry That Weight',[34] and 'The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill'.[35]

 

Composition

 

The Beatles used Starr's unusual turns of phrase, or 'Ringoisms' as they became known, such as 'a hard day's night' and 'tomorrow never knows', and turned them into songs.[36] Recalling this, McCartney said, 'Ringo would do these little malapropisms, he would say things slightly wrong, like people do, but his were always wonderful, very lyrical... they were sort of magic'.[37] As well as inspiring his bandmates' creativity in this way, Starr occasionally contributed his own lyrics to unfinished Lennon and McCartney songs, such as the line 'darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there' in 'Eleanor Rigby'.[38] Frustrated at times of being the odd man out in the group in regard to songwriting, Starr commented in The Beatles Anthology that when he presented a song to the Beatles, it would often sound to the other three Beatles like a popular song of the day. Starr did eventually begin composing, and is credited with 'Don't Pass Me By' (on The White Album)[39][40] and 'Octopus's Garden' (on Abbey Road)[41][42] as sole songwriter.

 

His disgust with the band's tensions and boredom at waiting around to contribute during the sessions for the White Album caused him to quit the group temporarily. He spent two weeks with actor Peter Sellers on the latter's yacht, Amelfis, in Piraeus, where he wrote 'Octopus's Garden'.[43] He did not return for two weeks, even though the other Beatles urged him to come back: Lennon sent telegrams, and Harrison set up flowers all over the studio for Starr's return saying 'Welcome home'.[44] Starr's name also appears as a co-writer for the Rubber Soul track 'What Goes On' along with Lennon and McCartney,[45] while the songs 'Flying' (on the Magical Mystery Tour album)[46] and 'Dig It' (on Let It Be)[47] are listed as being written by the entire group. On issued material after the break-up, Starr wrote 'Taking a Trip to Carolina' from the second 'bonus' CD of Let It Be... Naked, and received joint songwriting credits with the other three Beatles for '12-Bar Original', 'Los Paranoias', 'Christmas Time (Is Here Again)', 'Suzy Parker' (heard in the Let It Be film), 'Jessie's Dream' (heard in the Magical Mystery Tour film) and The Beatles' version of 'Free as a Bird'.

 

1964 illness

 

In June 1964, the Beatles were scheduled to tour Denmark, the Netherlands, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.[48] On 3 June, the day before the tour, Starr collapsed during an early morning photo session for the Saturday Evening Post at a portrait studio in Barnes, London. Stricken with a 102-degree fever and tonsillitis, he was rushed to the hospital. This bout with tonsillitis necessitated a stay in hospital and a few days of recuperation at home. During this time, Starr was temporarily replaced for the Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Adelaide concert dates by 24-year-old session drummer Jimmie Nicol. Beatles producer George Martin suggested Nicol because he had recently recorded at EMI with Tommy Quickly and recently became familiar with Beatles numbers while drumming on a recording session for an album called Beatlemania. At first, Harrison did not want Starr replaced and refused to go on the tour without Starr, but Brian Epstein and George Martin convinced Harrison to begin the tour. Starr was discharged from the hospital on 11 June, and he rejoined the group in Melbourne on 15 June 1964. Ultimately, Starr had his tonsils removed during the Beatles' Christmas holiday period later in the year. Starr later admitted that he feared that he would be permanently replaced during his illness.

 

Drumming skills

 

While Starr himself has been the first to acknowledge the technical limitations of his drumming for the Beatles, the overall effect of his contribution has received high praise from notable drummers. Starr 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.'[1] Martin's version was, 'Ringo hit good and hard and used the tom-tom well, even though he couldn't do a roll to save his life', although Martin later added, 'He's got tremendous feel. He always helped us to hit the right tempo for a song, and gave it that support — that rock-solid back-beat — that made the recording of all The Beatles' songs that much easier.'[1] In 1968,[49] Martin praised Starr's drumming on Sgt. Pepper, calling him 'probably ... the finest rock drummer in the world today.'[50] Lennon, when asked if Starr was the best drummer in the world, jokingly replied, 'He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles!'[51] (on account of McCartney filling in for Starr on drums on several songs, such as 'Back in the USSR', 'Dear Prudence' and 'Martha My Dear'), 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.'[1] McCartney sent Starr a postcard on 31 January 1969 (the day after the band's performance on the roof of Apple Studios), stating: 'You are the greatest drummer in the world. Really.' This postcard is included in Starr's book Postcards from the Boys.[52]

 

Drummer Steve Smith extolled Starr's qualities beyond the technical, in terms of his musical contribution as drummer:

 

“Before Ringo, drum stars were measured by their soloing ability and virtuosity. Ringo's popularity brought forth a new paradigm in how the public saw drummers. We started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect. One of Ringo's great qualities was that he composed unique, stylistic drum parts for the Beatles' songs. His parts are so signature to the songs that you can listen to a Ringo drum part without the rest of the music and still identify the song.[2]”

 

Phil Collins, the drummer for Genesis, who was himself influenced by Starr,[citation needed] said:

 

“Starr is vastly underrated. The drum fills on the song 'A Day in the Life' are very complex things. You could take a great drummer today and say, 'I want it like that.' He wouldn't know what to do.[53][54]”

 

In September 1980, John Lennon had this to say about Starr:

 

“Ringo was a star in his own right in Liverpool before we even met. He was a professional drummer who sang and performed and had Ringo Starr-time and he was in one of the top groups in Britain but especially in Liverpool before we even had a drummer. So Ringo's talent would have come out one way or the other as something or other. I don't know what he would have ended up as, but whatever that spark is in Ringo that we all know but can't put our finger on — whether it is acting, drumming or singing I don't know — there is something in him that is projectable and he would have surfaced with or without the Beatles. Ringo is a damn good drummer.[55]”

 

Many drummers acknowledge Starr as an influence, including Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes, Dave Grohl of Nirvana, Jen Ledger of Skillet, Max Weinberg of the E Street Band, Danny Carey of Tool, Liberty DeVitto of Billy Joel's band, Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden, Eric Carr of Kiss, Phil Rudd of AC/DC, Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós,[56] the former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Pedro Andreu of Heroes del Silencio and others.[54]

 

In his extensive survey of the Beatles' recording sessions, Mark Lewisohn confirmed that Starr was both proficient and remarkably reliable and consistent. According to Lewisohn, there were fewer than a dozen occasions in the Beatles' eight-year recording career where session 'breakdowns' were caused by Starr making a mistake, while the vast majority of takes were stopped owing to mistakes by the other three members.[54] Starr is considered to have influenced various modern drumming techniques, such as the matched grip, placing the drums on high risers for visibility as part of the band, tuning the drums lower, and using muffling devices on tonal rings.[2]

 

For the band's second recording session with Starr as a member on 11 September 1962, producer George Martin replaced the studio-inexperienced Starr with session drummer Andy White to record takes for what would be the two sides of the Beatles' first single, 'Love Me Do' backed with 'P.S. I Love You'.[57] Starr played tambourine on 'Love Me Do' and maracas on 'P.S. I Love You' for this session.[58] McCartney took over the drums on 'Back in the U.S.S.R.' and 'Dear Prudence' from the White Album (1968) after Starr had walked out,[59] and also played the drums on 'The Ballad of John and Yoko', recorded on 14 April 1969, since only he and Lennon were immediately available to record the song.[60] Starr commented that he was lucky in being 'surrounded by three frustrated drummers' who could only drum in one style.[61]

 

After the Beatles

 

1970s

 

After the announcement of the break-up of the Beatles on 10 April 1970, Starr released two albums before the end of that year. Sentimental Journey featured Starr's renditions of many pre-rock standards and included the arranger talents of Quincy Jones, Maurice Gibb, George Martin and McCartney, among others. His next album, Beaucoups of Blues, put Starr in a country context, and included renowned Nashville session musician Pete Drake. He scored hit singles with 'It Don't Come Easy' (1971) (U.S. No.4) and 'Back Off Boogaloo' (1972) (U.S. No.9), the latter of which was his biggest UK hit, peaking at No.2. He achieved two No.1 hits in the U.S., with 'Photograph' (co-written with Harrison) and 'You're Sixteen' (written by the Sherman Brothers of Mary Poppins fame).

 

He participated in the Concert for Bangladesh organised by Harrison in 1971, as well as drumming on Harrison's All Things Must Pass and Living in the Material World, Lennon's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, and Yoko Ono's early solo work. Starr then made his debut as a film director with the T. Rex documentary Born to Boogie. Starr became firm friends with T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan and during the period of filming the documentary, Starr released the single 'Back Off Boogaloo'.[62]

 

In 1971, he started a furniture company with designer Robin Cruikshank. Starr's own avant-garde designs included a flower-shaped table with adjustable petal seats and a donut-shaped fireplace.[63]

 

The 1973 album Ringo, produced by Richard Perry, with participation by the other three former Beatles on different tracks, was commercially successful. The album Goodnight Vienna followed the next year and was also successful. Hits and notable tracks from these two albums included 'Photograph' and 'You're Sixteen' both reaching number one on the US charts, 'Oh My My' (US No.5) and 'I'm the Greatest' (written by Lennon) from Ringo, and 'Only You (And You Alone)' (US No.6) and 'No No Song' (US No.3) from 1974's Goodnight Vienna. In late 1975, these singles and others were collected for Starr's first greatest hits compilation, Blast from Your Past, which was the last album released on Apple Records.[64] During this period he became romantically involved with Lynsey de Paul.[65] He played tambourine on a song she wrote and produced for Vera Lynn, 'Don't You Remember When', and he inspired another De Paul song, 'If I Don't Get You the Next One Will', which she described as being about revenge after he missed a dinner appointment with her because he was asleep in his office.[65]

 

Starr's recording career subsequently diminished in commercial impact, although he continued to record and remained a familiar celebrity presence. Starr signed with Atlantic Records in the mid-1970s, and in 1976 the album Ringo's Rotogravure was released. Although yielding two minor hit singles, 'A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll' (US No.26) and a cover of 'Hey! Baby' (US No.74) the album achieved moderate sales but reached a respectable No.28. This caused the label to revamp Starr's formula; the results were a curious blend of disco and 1970s pop. The album Ringo the 4th (1977) was a commercial disaster, reaching no higher than No.162 on the charts. Afterward, Starr soon signed with Portrait Records. His stint with Portrait began on a promising note: 1978 saw the release of Bad Boy, as well as a network TV special. However, neither were very popular, with Bad Boy reaching a disappointing No.129 on the US charts. Consequently, Starr did not release another album with Portrait Records.[66]

 

In 1975, Starr founded his own record label called Ring O'Records, and four albums were released on the label between 1975 and 1978 (Startling Music by David Hentschel, Graham Bonnet by Graham Bonnet, Restless by Rab Noakes and a re-release of an Apple Records album, The Whale by John Tavener) as well as 16 singles by artists such as: Bobby Keys, Carl Grossman, Colonel Doug Bogie, David Hentschel, Graham Bonnet, Suzanne, Johnny Warman, Rab Noakes and Dirk & Stig (the last being names of characters from the Beatles' pastiche band 'the Rutles', created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes).[67]

 

1980s

 

In 1980, Harrison wrote 'All Those Years Ago' for Starr to sing on his album Can't Fight Lightning, later released as Stop and Smell the Roses. Harrison sang a rewritten version himself, including it on his 1981 album Somewhere in England following Lennon's murder. Starr, along with Paul and Linda McCartney, played on Harrison's version. Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones also collaborated with Starr while recording Stop and Smell the Roses, at Cherokee Studios, adding guitar, bass, saxophone, keyboards, and back-up vocals. Starr was interviewed by Rolling Stone and Musician around this time. Stop and Smell the Roses was a well-regarded album, but again did not sell particularly well. During recording of 'Stop and Smell the Roses', Lennon had offered Starr a pair of songs to use on Roses: 'Nobody Told Me' and 'Life Begins at 40'. However, following Lennon's murder, Starr did not feel comfortable recording them; the former was released posthumously under Lennon's name on the album Milk and Honey, while the latter's painfully ironic lyrics kept it unissued until 1998's John Lennon Anthology.

 

After Lennon was murdered in 1980, Starr and his girlfriend Barbara Bach flew to New York City to comfort Lennon's widow Yoko Ono.[68]

 

In 1984 and 1986, Starr narrated the children's series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, a Britt Allcroft production, which was first shown on Central Television and subsequently across the ITV network. He was unsure about taking the role at first, having never previously read the books by Reverend Awdry, and at the time he felt that children would be more interested in 'dinosaurs with lasers.' Nevertheless, he had a change of heart and took the role, narrating the first two series. Starr also portrayed the character Mr. Conductor in the programme's American spin-off Shining Time Station, which debuted in 1989 on PBS. Starr left after the first season.

 

In 1985, he performed, with his son Zak Starkey, as part of Artists United Against Apartheid on the recording Sun City.

 

In 1987, Starr drummed on the George Harrison song 'When We Was Fab' from his album Cloud Nine. The song, co-written by Harrison and Jeff Lynne, charted in the Top 30 in both the UK and the USA. The same year, Starr, Harrison and Lynne joined Eric Clapton, Elton John, Phil Collins and Ray Cooper in a performance for the Prince's Trust charity.

 

In October 1988, Starr and Bach attended a detox clinic in Tucson, Arizona, each receiving a six-week treatment for alcoholism.[69] Starr later complained that it had been difficult to recover with the 'press flying overhead' on a constant basis.[70] On 23 July 1989, 'Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band' gave their first performance to an audience of ten thousand in Dallas, Texas.[71] The band consisted of Starr and a varying assortment of musicians who had been successful in their own right with popular songs at different times.[72] The concerts interchanged Starr's singing, including selections of his Beatles and solo songs, with performances of each of the other artists' well-known material, the latter incorporating either Starr or another musician as drummer.[72] The eighth All-Starr Band tour took place in 2003.[73]

 

In 1989 Starr and his daughter Lee appeared together in a TV ad as part of the 'New Generation of Olds' campaign featuring the catchphrase 'This is not your father's Oldsmobile.'[74]

 

1990s

 

The success of the initial All-Starr tour[75] led to the release of Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, a compilation of live performances from the tour, in the fall of 1990. In the same year, Starr recorded a version of the song 'I Call Your Name' for a television special marking the 10th anniversary of John Lennon's death and the 50th anniversary of his birth. The track, produced by Jeff Lynne, features a supergroup composed of Lynne, Tom Petty, Joe Walsh and Jim Keltner.[76]

 

In 1991, he made an animated appearance as himself in the Simpsons episode 'Brush with Greatness' and contributed an original song, 'You Never Know', to the soundtrack of the John Hughes film Curly Sue. Starr released his first studio album in nine years, 1992's Time Takes Time. The album was produced by four of the top producers in music: Phil Ramone, Don Was, Jeff Lynne and Peter Asher, and featured guest appearances by various stars including Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson. In 1995, Starr appeared with Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork of the Monkees in a Pizza Hut commercial. In the commercial, he claims he is trying to reunite 'the lads.' The commercial ends with the three Monkees joining Starr. He looks into the camera and says 'wrong lads.'[77]

 

In 1997, Starr guested on drums on two songs on the McCartney album Flaming Pie. McCartney had written a song about Starr's ex-wife Maureen Starkey Tigrett ('Little Willow')[78] and asked Starr if he'd play on another ('Beautiful Night'). The day after the 'Beautiful Night' session, the two recorded a jam session, which developed into another Flaming Pie song, 'Really Love You,' notable for being the first song ever credited to McCartney/Starkey and officially released on an album.[79] In 1998, he released two albums on the Mercury label. The studio album Vertical Man marked the beginning of a nine-year 'partnership' with Mark Hudson, who produced the album and, with his band the Roundheads, formed the core of the backing group for the album. In addition, many 'famous guests' joined on various tracks, including Martin, McCartney, and—in his final appearance on a Starr album before his death—Harrison. Most of the songs were written by Starr and the band. The Roundheads and Joe Walsh joined Starr for his appearance on VH1 Storytellers, which was released as an album under the same name. On the show, he performed greatest hits and new songs, and told anecdotes relating to them.[80]

 

2000s

 

In 2000, he appeared in a television commercial for Charles Schwab Investments. As he sits with a group of young musicians trying to find a word that rhymes with 'elation', Ringo suggests such financial terms as 'dividend reinvestment participation', 'market capitalisation' and 'asset allocation'. As the song 'Money' plays in the background, the musicians stare at him in confusion. He finally says, 'What? Too many syllables?'[81][82][83][84]

 

In 2002, Starr was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame joining an elite group of percussive inductees, which includes Buddy Rich and William F. Ludwig, Sr. and Jr.

 

On 29 November 2002 (the first anniversary of George Harrison's death), Starr performed 'Photograph' and a cover of Carl Perkins' 'Honey Don't' at the Concert for George held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. According to the official Concert for George website, 'Ringo Starr caught everyone with a tear in their eye with a rendition of 'Photograph', a composition he wrote with George, which seemed to sum up how everyone felt.' The song includes the lines, 'Every time I see your face / it reminds me of the places we used to go / But all I've got is a photograph / and I realise you're not coming back any more'.

 

In 2003, Starr formed Pumkinhead Records with All-Starr Band member Mark Hudson.[85] The label was not prolific, but their first signing was Liam Lynch, who produced a 2003 LP entitled Fake Songs.

 

Starr was an 'honorary Santa Tracker' and voice over for the London stop in Father Christmas's annual Christmas Eve journey in 2003 and 2004 as depicted in the annual NORAD tracks Santa program. According to NORAD officials, he was 'a Starr in the east' who helped guide North American Aerospace Defense Command's Santa-tracking tradition.[86]

 

In September 2005, Liverpool City Council decided to bulldoze 9 Madryn Street, Starr's birthplace, as it had 'no historical significance',[87] despite a previous reprieve back in July.[88] The LCC later announced that the building would be taken apart brick by brick and preserved after all.[89]

 

In 2006, Starr featured on the Jerry Lee Lewis duet album, Last Man Standing; he performed a cover, with Lewis, of Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen'.[90] It was also announced he would be the star in a Pow! Entertainment animated film and comic book produced by comics creator Stan Lee.[91]

 

In the 24 December 2007 issue of Time (European edition), Starr was profiled in a three-page article focusing on his happiness in life and his music. The article mentioned the Liverpool 8 album, but only briefly. It also stated that Starr and Dave Stewart were collaborating on writing a musical, to be called The Hole in the Fence, and discussed Starr's then-upcoming performance in Liverpool on 11 January 2008.[92]

 

In January 2008, the studio album Liverpool 8, produced by Dave Stewart, Mark Hudson and Starr himself, was released. Mark Hudson was the initial producer of the record but was replaced by Stewart after a falling out with Starr. (The album's production credits read, 'Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson; Re-Produced by Ringo Starr and David Stewart.' All of the songs but one were written with members of the Roundheads, although Stewart also has several co-writing credits.) Starr's attorney Bruce Grakal told journalist Peter Palmiere that the partnership between Hudson and Starr was over and they would never work together again. This happened after Hudson dropped out of the 2006 tour as musical director to do the TV show The One: Making a Music Star. According to Palmiere, Hudson now claims that the split was over Starr's insistence on using synthesised sounds, for which Stewart is known, whereas Hudson wanted real guitars, pianos, strings etc.[93]

 

On 10 October 2008, Starr posted a video on his website stating that he will not be signing autographs after 20 October 2008. He stated that he is too busy and that anything after that date sent to any address will not be signed.[94]

 

On 4 April 2009, Starr reunited with McCartney at the David Lynch 'Change Begins Within' Benefit Concert at Radio City Music Hall. After separate performances from Starr and other artists, McCartney's set came last, and towards the end he announced 'Billy Shears', whereupon Starr joined him to perform 'With a Little Help from My Friends' and, with all performers, 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Cosmically Conscious'.[95] In late May 2009, it was announced that Starr will collaborate with Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney to record some new tracks to record an entire album.[96][97][98]

 

Starr appeared on-stage at Microsoft's 1 June 2009 E3 press conference with Yoko Ono, McCartney and Olivia Harrison to promote The Beatles: Rock Band video game.[99]

 

Starr remains the only Beatle not to top the UK singles charts as a solo artist, although he did chart two number one singles in the US. He is also the only Beatle not to top the UK album listings, his highest position being No.7, achieved in the UK with both Sentimental Journey and Ringo; the latter reached No.2 in the US charts, giving Starr his highest album position there. In the USA, Starr's Apple singles fared rather well. Of all four members of the Beatles - in their respective solo careers - he has the second most consecutive top ten singles in the US with seven in a row: 'It Don't Come Easy' (No.4), 'Back Off Boogaloo' (No.9), 'Photograph' (No.1), 'You're Sixteen' (No.1), 'Oh My My' (No.5), 'Only You (And You Alone)' (No.6) and 'No No Song' (No.3). McCartney has the most with eight in a row.

 

In November 2009, Starr once again performed the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine for 'The Official BBC Children in Need Medley'. This is the first No.1 UK hit Starr has been involved in since the Beatles disbanded in 1970 (not counting guest appearances on other singles by other artists).[100]

 

2010s

 

On 12 January 2010, he released his fifteenth studio album Y Not. On 13 January 2010, Starr and his band performed 'Walk With You' from the album on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and closed out the show with a rousing rendition of 'With a Little Help from My Friends'. Starr also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing with Ben Harper. Starr was also featured on The Jay Leno Show, where he played 'The Other Side of Liverpool'. On 22 January 2010, Starr appeared on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief as a Celebrity phone operator.[101] Starr appeared at the 52nd Grammy Awards with Norah Jones to present 'Record Of The Year' to Kings Of Leon on 31 January 2010 .

 

On 11 April 2010, Starr appeared on Weekend Wogan, a live radio show on BBC 2 Radio presented by Sir Terry Wogan, to promote his album Y Not in the UK and on 12 April 2010 he appeared on Loose Women, a lunchtime chat show on ITV. On 13 April 2010 Starr appeared on CNN's Connect the World on CNN International. On 7 July 2010, Starr celebrated his 70th birthday at Radio City Music Hall, New York with another All-Starr Band concert, topped with friends and family joining him on stage including Yoko Ono and his son Zak, and Paul McCartney as a surprise guest.[102]

 

On 13 May 2011, Starr appeared on The One Show on BBC One, where he announced that he was working on a new album featuring a song called 'In Liverpool'.

 

Starr contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Think It Over' for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, which was released on 6 September 2011.

 

On 30 January 2012, he released the album, Ringo 2012.

 

Personal life

 

Starr married Maureen Cox on 11 February 1965[103] and they had three children Zak (b. 13 September 1965), Jason (b. 19 August 1967) and Lee (b. 11 November 1970); the couple divorced in 1975,[104] and Cox died in 1994.[105] In 1980, on the set of the film Caveman, he met actress Barbara Bach,[106] well known for her role as Major Anya Amasova (female lead and main 'Bond girl') in The Spy Who Loved Me. They were married on 27 April 1981, just a few weeks after the release of Caveman.[107] In 1985, Starr was the first of the Beatles to become a grandfather upon the birth of Zak's daughter, Tatia Jayne Starkey.[108]

 

Zak Starkey is also a drummer, who until August 2008 was a semi-official member of Oasis—one of the many bands influenced by the Beatles. Starr arranged for Zak to receive drumming instruction from Zak's idol, the Who's drummer Keith Moon, who was Zak's godfather and a close friend of Starr's.[109] Zak also performs with the Who live (such as during the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime show in 2010) and sometimes in the studio. Zak has performed with his father during some All-Starr Band tours.[110]

 

Like fellow ex-Beatle McCartney, Starr is a vegetarian,[111][112] albeit for different reasons. McCartney is vegetarian for ethical reasons, but in Starr's case it is because of stomach problems he had in the past.[112] As a child, Starr was left-handed until he became ambidextrous when his grandmother forced him to write with his right hand.[113]

 

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011 Starr was listed at number 56 with an estimated personal wealth of £150m.[114] Starr and Bach split their time between homes in Cranleigh, Surrey;[115] Los Angeles;[116] and Monte Carlo.

 

Films

 

Aside from the Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), Yellow Submarine (1968), Let It Be (1970), Starr has acted in several films such as Candy (1968), The Magic Christian (1969) (alongside Peter Sellers), Blindman (1971), Son of Dracula (1974) and Caveman (1981). Starr directed and appeared in Born to Boogie (1972), a concert film featuring Marc Bolan and T.Rex. For the 1979 documentary film on the Who, The Kids Are Alright, Starr appeared in interview segments with fellow drummer Keith Moon. He starred as Larry the Dwarf in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1971). His voice is also featured in Harry Nilsson's animated film The Point! (1971). He appeared in The Last Waltz, the Martin Scorsese film about the 1976 farewell concert of the Band, a favourite of the Beatles. He co-starred in That'll Be the Day (1973) as a Teddy Boy.[117] He played 'The Pope' in Ken Russell's Lisztomania (1975),[118] and a fictionalised version of himself in the Paul McCartney-penned Give My Regards to Broad Street in 1984.[119]

 

Awards and recognition

 

In the Queen's Birthday Honours of 12 June 1965, Starr and the three other Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE);[120] they received their insignia from Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 26 October. He and the other Beatles were cumulatively nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer for their performances in the 1964 film A Hard Day's Night. The Beatles won the Academy Award for 'Best Original Song Score' for the 1970 film Let It Be. Each Beatle received an Oscar statuette.

 

The minor planet 4150 Starr, discovered on 31 August 1984 by Brian A. Skiff at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory, was named in his honour.[121] Starr was nominated for a 1989 Daytime Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series' for his role as Mr. Conductor in the television series Shining Time Station.

 

All four of the Beatles were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the group was inducted in 1988.[122] Since then, Lennon (1994), McCartney (1999) and Harrison (2004) have been inducted for their solo careers as well. Starr remains the only Beatle not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo career. However, it was announced on 5 September 2007 that Starr would be on the ballot for membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.[123] If Starr is inducted, it was the only time both a rock group, and each of its individuals members, were inducted separately.

 

During the 50th Grammy Awards, Starr, George Martin and Giles Martin accepted the Best Compilation Soundtrack award for Love.

 

On 9 November 2008, Starr accepted a Diamond Award on behalf of the Beatles during the 2008 World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco.

 

On 8 February 2010, Starr was honoured with the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It is located at 1750 North Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records building, as are the stars for Lennon and Harrison.[124]

 

Discography

 

Studio albums

 

Sentimental Journey (1970)

Beaucoups 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)

I Wanna Be Santa Claus (1999)

Ringo Rama (2003)

Choose Love (2005)

Liverpool 8 (2008)

Y Not (2010)

Ringo 2012 (2012)

 

Filmography

 

The Beatles Come to Town (1963) (short subject) – with the Beatles

A Hard Day's Night (1964) – with the Beatles

Help! (1965) – with the Beatles

Reflections On Love (1966) (short subject)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967) – with the Beatles

The Beatles Mod Odyssey (1968) (short subject) – with the Beatles

Yellow Submarine (1968)- with the Beatles

Candy (1968)

The Magic Christian (1969)

Let It Be (1970) (documentary) – with the Beatles

Music! (1971) (documentary)

200 Motels (1971)

Blindman (1971)

The Point! (1971) (Narrator on Home Video release)

Did Somebody Drop His Mouse? (1972) (short subject)

The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) (documentary)

Born to Boogie (1972) (documentary) (also director)

That'll Be the Day (1973)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) (documentary)

Son of Dracula (1974)

Lisztomania (1975)

The Day the Music Died (1977) (documentary)

The Beatles and Beyond (1977) (documentary)

Sextette (1978)

Ringo (1978) TV film

The Last Waltz (1978) (documentary)

The Kids Are Alright (1979) (documentary)

Caveman (1981)

The Cooler (1982) (short subject)

Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (1984–1986) (Narrator)

Water (1985) (Cameo)

Alice in Wonderland (1985)

Sun City/The Making of Sun City (1986) (documentary)

Queen: The Magic Years (1987) (documentary)

Walking After Midnight (1988) (documentary)

The Return of Bruno (1988)

Shining Time Station (1989) (Mr. Conductor)

'The Simpsons' (1991)

The Beatles Anthology (1995) (documentary) – with the Beatles

Concert for George (2003) (documentary)

Oh My God (2009) (documentary)

George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011) (documentary)

 

All-Starr Band editions

 

To date, Starr has toured with eleven versions of his All-Starr Band, where 'everybody on stage is a star in their own right.'[125]

The band has consistently toured for over a decade, and, in similar fashion to Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, rotates its line-up depending on the musicians' projects at a given time.

 

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Year

1970

1970

1973

1974

1975

 

Album Title

Beaucoups of Blues

Sentimental Journey

Ringo

Goodnight Vienna

Blast From Your Past

Tracks

  1. Beaucoups Of Blues

  2. Love Don't Last Long

  3. Fastest Growing Heartache In The West

  4. Without Her

  5. Woman Of The Night

  6. I'd Be Talking All The Time

  7. $15 Draw

  8. Wine, Women And Loud Happy Songs

  9. I Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way

  10. Looser's Lounge

  11. Waiting

  12. Silent Homecoming

  13. Coochy Coochy

  14. Nashville Jam

  1. Sentimental Journey

  2. Night And Day

  3. Whispering Grass

  4. Bye Bye Blackbird

  5. I'm A Fool To Care

  6. Stardust

  7. Blue, Turning Grey Over You

  8. Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing

  9. Dream

  10. You Always Hurt The One You Love

  11. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

  12. Let The Rest Of The World Go By

  1. I'm The Greatest

  2. Have You Seen My Baby?

  3. Photograph

  4. Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)

  5. You're Sixteen

  6. Oh My My

  7. Step Lightly

  8. Six O'clock

  9. Devil Woman

  10. You and Me (Babe)

  11. It Don't Come Easy

  12. Early 1970

  13. Down And Out

  1. (It's All Da-Da-Down To) Goodnight Vienna

  2. Occapella

  3. Oo-Wee

  4. Husbands And Wives

  5. Snookeroo

  6. All By Myself

  7. Call Me

  8. No No Song

  9. Only You (And You Alone)

  10. Easy For Me

  11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)

  12. Back Off Boogaloo

  13. Six O'Clock (Extended Version)

 
  1. You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)

  2. No No Song/Skokiaan

  3. It Don't Come Easy

  4. Photograph

  5. Back Off Boogaloo

  6. Only You (And You Alone)

  7. Beaucoups Of Blues

  8. Oh My My

  9. Early 1970

  10. I'm The Greatest

Year

1976

1977

1978

1981

1983

     

Album Title

Ringo’s Rotogravure

Ringo The 4th

Bad Boy

Stop And Smell The Roses

Old Wave

Tracks

  1. A Dose Of Rock 'N' Roll

  2. Pure Gold

  3. Cryin'

  4. You Don't Know Me At All

  5. Cookin' (In The Kitchen Of Love)

  6. I'll Still Love You

  7. This Be Called A Song

  8. Las Brisas

  9. Lady Gaye

  10. Spooky Weirdness

  1. Drowning In The Sea Of Love

  2. Love All Night

  3. Wings

  4. Gave It AllUp

  5. Out On The Streets

  6. Can She Do It Like She Dances

  7. Sneaking Sally Through The Alley

  8. It's No Secret

  9. Gypsies In Flight

  1. Who Needs A Heart

  2. Bad Boy

  3. Lipstick Traces

  4. Heart On My Sleeve

  5. Where Did Our Love Go

  6. Hard Times

  7. Tonight

  8. Monkey See-Monkey Do

  9. Old Time Relovin'

  10.  A Man Like Me

  1. Private Property

  2. Wrack My Brain

  3. Drumming Is My Madness

  4. Attention

  5. Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses

  6. Dead Giveaway

  7. You Belong to Me

  8. Sure to Fall (In Love With You)

  9. . You've Got a Nice Way

  10. Back off Boogaloo

  11. Wake Up

  12. Red and Black Blues

  13. Brandy

  14. Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses [Original Vocal Version]

  15. You Can't Fight Lightning

  16. Hand Gun Promos

  1. In My Car

  2. Hopeless

  3. Alibi

  4. Be My Baby

  5. She's About a Mover

  6. I Keep Forgettin'

  7. Picture Show Life

  8. As Far as We Can Go

  9. Everybody's in a Hurry But Me

  10. Going Down

  11. As Far as We Can Go [Original Version]

Year

1989

1992

1998

1999

2001

     

Album Title

Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr Vol. 2

Time Takes Time

Vertical Man

I Wanna Be Santa Clause

The Anthology . . . So Far

Tracks

  1. Wrack My Brain

  2. In My Car

  3. Cookin (In The Kitchen Of Love)

  4. I Keep Forgettin'

  5. Hard Times

  6. Hey Baby

  7. Attention

  8. A Dose Of Rock 'n' Roll

  9. Who Needs A Heart

  10. Private Property

  11. Can She Do It Like She Dances

  12. Heart On My Sleeve

  13. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)

  14. Hopeless

  15. You Belong To Me

  16. She's About A Mover

  1. Weight Of The World

  2. Don't Know A Thing About Love

  3. Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go

  4. Golden Blunders

  5. All In The Name Of Love

  6. After All These Years

  7. I Don't Believe You

  8. Runaways

  9. In A Heartbeat

  10. What Goes Around

 
  1. One

  2. What In The...World

  3. Mindfield

  4. King Of Broken Hearts

  5. Love Me Do

  6. Vertical Man

  7. Drift Away

  8. I Was Walkin'

  9. La De Da

  10. Without Understanding

  11. I'll Be Fine Anywhere

  12. Puppet

  13. I'm Yours

 
  1. Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On

  2. Winter Wonderland

  3. I Wanna Be Santa Claus

  4. The Little Drummer Boy

  5. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

  6. Christmas Eve

  7. The Christmas Dance

  8. Christmas Time Is Here Again

  9. Blue Christmas

  10. Dear Santa

  11. White Christmas

  12. Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You)

 

Disc 1

  1. It Don't Come Easy

  2. No No Song

  3. Iko Iko

  4. Weight

  5. Shine Silently

  6. Honey Don't

  7. Quarter to Three

  8. Raining in My Heart

  9. Will It Go Round in Circles

  10. Life in the Fast Lane

  11. Desperado

  12. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

  13. Walking Nerve

  14. Boris the Spider

  15. You're Sixteen, You're Bearutiful and You're Mine

  16. Photograph

Year

2001

2003

2005

2006

     

Album Title

The Anthology . . . So Far (continued)

Ringo Rama

Choose Love

Ringo Starr and Friends

Tracks

Disc 2

  1. Really Serious Introduction

  2. I'm the Greatest

  3. Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go

  4. Girls Talk

  5. People Got to Be Free

  6. Groovin'

  7. Act Naturally

  8. Takin' Care of Business

  9. You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

  10. In the City

  11. Bang the Drum All Day

  12. Black Maria

  13. American Woman

  14. Weight of the World

  15. Back Off Boogaloo

Disc 3

  1. Yellow Submarine

  2. Show Me the Way

  3. Sunshine of Your Love

  4. I Hear You Knockin'

  5. Shooting Star

  6. Boys

  7. Baby I Love Your Way

  8. Salty Dog

  9. I Feel Free

  10. All Right Now

  11. I Wanna Be Your Man

  12. Whiter Shade of Pale

  13. Hungry Eyes

  14. All by Myself

  15. With a Little Help from My Friends

  1. Eye To Eye

  2. Missouri Loves Company

  3. Instant Amnesia (features David Gilmour)

  4. Memphis In Your Mind

  5. Never Without You (features Eric Clapton)

  6. Imagine Me There (features Charlie Hayden)

  7. I Think, Therefore I Rock 'N' Roll (features David Gilmour)

  8. Trippin On My Own Tears (features Shawn Colvin)

  9. Write One For Me (features Willie Nelson)

  10. What Love Wants To Be

  11. Love First

  12. Elizabeth Reigns (features Van Dyke Parks)

  13. English Garden

  1. Fading in Fading Out

  2. Give Me Back The Beat

  3. Oh My Lord

  4. Hard To Be True

  5. Some People

  6. Wrong All The Time

  7. Dont Hang Up

  8. Choose Love

  9. Me And You

  10. Satisfied

  11. The Turnaround

  12. Free Drinks

 

1."Photograph" (Harrison/Starkey) - 4:21
2."Act Naturally" (Russell/Morrison) - 2:29
3."All the Young Dudes" - (Bowie) - 5:35
4."Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go" - (Starr/Warman) - 4:34
5."No One Is to Blame" (Jones) - 6:11
6."Yellow Submarine" (Lennon/McCartney) - 3:06
7."The Logical Song" (Davies/Hodgson) - 3:48
8."Glamourous Life" (Prince) - 9:03
9."I Wanna Be Your Man" (Lennon/McCartney) - 3:24
10."Give A Little Bit" (Davies/Hodgson) - 4:20
11."Take The Long Way Home" (Davies/Hodgson) - 4:37
12."You're Sixteen" (Sherman Brothers) - 2:29
13."Lucky Man" (Lake) - 4:41
14."With a Little Help from My Friends" (Lennon/McCartney) - 5:34

Year

2007

2008

2008

2010

   

Album Title

Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr

Liverpool 8

Ringo 5.1: The Surround Sound Collection

Y Not

Tracks

Regular Release
1."Photograph" (1973) – 3:58
2."It Don't Come Easy" (1971) – 3:01
3."You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)" (1973) – 2:49
4."Back Off Boogaloo" (1972) – 3:19
5."I'm the Greatest" (1973) – 3:26
6."Oh My My" (1973) – 4:15
7."Only You (And You Alone)" (1974) – 3:24
8."Beaucoups of Blues" (1970) – 2:33
9."Early 1970" (1971) – 2:18
10."Snookeroo" (1974) – 3:24
11."No No Song" (1974) – 2:31
12."(It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna" (1974)  – 3:02
13."Hey! Baby" (1976) – 3:10
14."A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll" (1976) – 3:54
15."Weight of the World" (1992) – 3:24
16."King of Broken Hearts" (1998) – 4:43
17."Never Without You" (2003) – 5:23
18."Act Naturally" (with Buck Owens) (1989) [first release on a Ringo Starr album] – 3:00
19."Wrack My Brain" (1981) – 2:21
20."Fading in and Fading Out" (2005) – 3:58

Collector's edition w/ DVD
1."Sentimental Journey" (1970 promotional film)
2."It Don't Come Easy" (1971 promotional film)
3."Back Off Boogaloo" (1972 promotional film)
4."You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful and You're Mine)" (1973 promotional film)
5."Only You (And You Alone)" (1974 promotional film)
6."Act Naturally" (with Buck Owens) (1989 music video)
7."Goodnight Vienna" (1974 promotional film for album)

1. Liverpool 8 (Richard Starkey, Dave Stewart) 4:49
2. Think About You 3:40
3. For Love (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson) 3:49
4. Now That She's Gone Away (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr) 3:02
5. Gone Are the Days (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Dave Stewart) 2:49
6. Give It a Try (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas) 3:26
7. Tuff Love 4:33
8. Harry's Song 4:00
9. Pasodobles (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Dean Grakal) 4:17
10. If It's Love That You Want 3:06
11. Love Is 3:52
12. R U Ready? 3:59

Disc: 1
1.Fading in and Fading Out
2.Never Without You
3.Choose Love
4.Imagine Me There
5.Oh My Lord - with Billy Preston
6.Memphis in Your Mind
7.Give Me Back the Beat
8.Love First, Ask Questions Later
9.Don't Hang Up - with Chrissie Hynde
10.Eye to Eye
11.Some People
12.Elizabeth Reigns

Disc: 2
1.Fading in and Fading Out
2.Never Without You - with Eric Clapton
3.Choose Love
4.Imagine Me There - with Charlie Haden
5.Oh My Lord - with Billy Preston
6.Memphis in Your Mind - with Timothy B. Schmidt
7.Give Me Back the Beat
8.Love First, Ask Questions Later
9.Don't Hang Up - with Chrissie Hynde
10.Eye to Eye
11.Some People
12.Elizabeth Reigns - with Van Dyke Parks
13.I Really Love Her - performed completely by Ringo

1. Fill in the Blanks (featuring Joe Walsh) 3:14
2. Peace Dream (featuring Paul McCartney on bass) 3:34
3. The Other Side of Liverpool 3:23
4. Walk with You (lead single, a duet with McCartney) 4:42
5. Time 3:49
6. Everyone Wins (re-recording) 3:54
7. Mystery of the Night 4:05
8. Can't Do It Wrong 3:45
9. Y Not 3:49
10. Who's Your Daddy (featuring Joss Stone) 2:29
 

Year

2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Album Title

Ringo 2012

 

 

 

 

Tracks

1. Anthem (Richard Starkey/Glen Ballard)
2. Wings (Richard Starkey/Vince Poncia)
3. Think It Over (Buddy Holly/Norman Perry)
4. Samba (Richard Starkey/Van Dyke Parks)
5. Rock Island Line (Arrangement by Richard Starkey)
6. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
7. Wonderful (Richard Starkey/Gary Nicholson)
8. In Liverpool (Richard Starkey/Dave Stewart)
9. Slow Down (Richard Starkey/Joe Walsh)

 

 

 

 

List of Live Albums1990 Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

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1993 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Vol. 2
1997 And His Third All Star Band Volume 1
1998 Ringo Starr VH1 Storytellers
2002 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band
2003 Extended Versions
2004 Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - Tour 2003
2006 Ringo Starr and Friends
2007 Live at Soundstage
2008 Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006

2009 Ringo Starr and the Roundheads: Live
2010 Live at the Greek Theatre 2008

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RINGO STARR ON VIDEO, A FILMOGRAPHY

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Year

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

           

Title

A Hard Day's Night

Help!

Reflections on Love

Magical Mystery Tour (TV animated movie)

Candy

Role

Ringo

Ringo

Ringo

Richard Starkey & the Talkative Magician

Emmanuel

Year

1969

1971

1971

1971

1973

           

Title

The Magic Christian

The Point (TV movie)

200 Motels

Blindman

That'll Be the Day

Role

Youngman Grand, Esq.

Narrator

Larry The Dwarf & Frank Zappa

Candy

Mike

Year

1974

1975

1978

1978

1981

      Selection N/A    

Title

Son of Dracula

Lisztomania

Ringo (TV special)

Sextette

Caveman

Role

Merlin, the Magician

The Pope

Ringo Starr & Ognir Rrats

Laslo Karolny

Atouk

Year

1982

1983

1984

1985

1985

  Selection N/A        

Title

The Cooler

Princess Daisy (TV movie)

Give My Regards to Broad Street

Willie and the Poor Boys (video)

Alice in Wonderland (TV movie)

Role

Himself

Robin Valerian

Ringo

The Janitor

Mock Turtle

Year

1985-1991

1986

1990

1991

1990-1991

    Selection N/A      

Title

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (TV series)

To the North of Katmandu

Shining Time Station Christmas: 'Tis a Gift (TV Movie)

Simpsons (TV series)

Shining Time Station (TV series)

Role

Narrator/Voices

uncredited

Mr. Conductor

Himself (voice) (1 episode)

Mr. Conductor

Year

1993

1995

2003

2009

2011

  Selection N/A        

Title

Best Wishes with Ringo Starr

The Beatles Anthology (documentary) Concert for George (documentary) Oh My God (documentary) George Harrison: Living in the Material World (doc)

Role

Himself, Host

Himself Himself Himself Himself

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