Richard Starkey Jr. was born on July 7, 1940. His parents were Elise and Richard Starkey Sr. Elise and Richard would
soon divorce in 1943 and she and her son moved to 10 Admiral Grove. Richard attended St. Silas Infants' School where he began
to suffer the first of many illnesses which seriously affected his education.
At the age of six he was taken to the Royal Children's Infirmary suffering from acute abdominal pains. A ruptured
appendix was diagnosed and this led to an inflamed peritoneum and the first of several operations for the young Richard. He
went into a coma for two months during which several more operations were made. Richard was known to be accident prone.
When he finally returned to school, he found himself far behind in his school work which gave him an undeserved reputation
of being stupid. In 1953, at the age of thirteen, Richard caught a cold which turned into chronic pleurisy necessitating another
stay at Myrtle Street Hospital. The illness caused some lung complications which resulted in the youth being sent to Heswall
Children's Hospital where he remained until 1955.
By this time Elise had married Harry Graves, whom Richard referred to as his "step ladder". Richard's stepfather,
Harry, bought him a secondhand drum kit and Richard showed promise of becoming a great musician.
Richard bounced around from band to band but he finally found a home with "Rory Storm & the Hurricanes". Rory
Storm was a showman and he insisted that Richard add some flare to his act by renaming him Ringo Starr. Hurricanes became
one of the most popular groups in Liverpool and they topped the bill at Hamburg's Kaiserkeller club, above The Beatles. Pete
Best was not always the most reliable drummer so Ringo would occasionally fill in for Pete if he didn't show up.
The Hurricanes were by now being out shown by The Beatles and Gerry & the Pacemakers. Ringo had thought about
leaving The Hurricanes and joining another group called "The Seniors". After a brief lull period, Ringo decided to fill the
spot of drummer for The Hurricanes once again. Ringo, feeling like he was going nowhere thought about taking up his apprenticeship
at Hunt's again, when fate stepped in.
The Beatles were now the top band in Liverpool and throughout most of England. The Beatles had just signed with Parlophone
and George Martin didn't like Pete as their drummer describing him bluntly as "not good". The new task was to find a replacement
drummer. Many considered Johnny Hutchinson of "The Big Three" to be the best drummer in Liverpool but then the idea was put
around to ask Ringo if he would like to fill the position.
When Ringo went to record with The Beatles for the first time George Martin had already hired a session drummer, Andy
White. Ringo was devastated and the fact that at first the fans didn't take kindly to him didn't help matters either. When
Ringo first appeared with The Beatles at The Cavern Club, the fans still upset over Pete getting fired, started shouting "Pete
forever, Ringo never!"
As it turned out, Ringo was perfect for The Beatles and at one time was the most popular member of the group with
American fans. He also proved to be more of a natural actor than any other members of the group and received favorable reviews
for his performance in "A Hard Day's Night". Because of this, Ringo was placed in the center of the spotlight in The Beatles
second film "HELP!".
Ringo married his long-time girlfriend Maureen Cox on February 11, 1965 and the couple were to have three children:
Zak, Jason, and Lee. The couple would eventually divorce in July 1975 and Ringo was to marry Barbara Bach. Ringo at first
had the same problem as George did which was getting his songs noticed. Mainly John and Paul would write a song or two for
him to sing on a particular album. Such songs were: "Boys" on Please Please Me, "I Wanna Be Your Man" on With The Beatles,
"Honey Don't" on Beatles For Sale, "Act Naturally" on HELP!, "What Goes On" which was co-written by Starr on Rubber Soul,
"Yellow Submarine" on Revolver and Yellow Submarine, and "A Little Help From My Friends" on Sgt. Pepper's.
While with The Beatles, Ringo had two songs that were "original Starr compositions". They were "Don't Pass Me By"
on The White Album and probably his most famous one "Octopus's Garden" on Abbey Road. Following The Beatles break up, Ringo
had a very successful solo career which consisted of eight albums and thirteen singles. Ringo also appeared in various TV
shows, including his own special, "Ringo", and a TV mini-series "Princess Daisy", with his wife Barbara.
Ringo formed the All-Starr Band in 1992, which began an American and European tour in June 1992. Members comprised
his son Zak, guitarists Dave Edmunds, Nils Lofgren, Todd Rundgren and Joe Walsh, saxophonist Tim Cappello, bassist Timothy
B. Schmit and keyboards player Burton Cummings.