Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

It is only fair and right that after writing blog entries about John, George, and Paul, that Ringo deserved the same treatment and what better way than today that we celebrate his birthday. Ringo is not a flashy drummer but in my opinion one of the best and most distinctive. 

Born on July 7th, 1940, he was raised by his mother. He became sick very young, even falling into a coma (Wikipedia). The story of how he became a Beatle is a fascinating one. The Beatles were playing in clubs in Hamburg and Ringo was there as part of Rory and the hurricanes. They got to know each other and, on many nights, when Pete Best (The Beatles drummer) would not turn up for gigs, Ringo would play with them. Something they said was the difference Ringo made and how good it sounded when he played. When The Beatles signed with EMI to record their first album, George Martin their producer did not like Pete Best. The Beatles already not satisfied with Best as a drummer and the fact that he missed gigs, they asked Ringo to joined and the rest is history. 

I know and agree that Lennon and McCartney were the strongest members but they all contribute to the success of the band. Ringo provided a unique style and his drum parts in the songs is under appreciated in my opinion. People often confuse flashiness with real talent, Ringo was simple in his drumming but effective and gave the band a distinct sound. He provided vocal to many classic Beatles songs like Yellow Submarine and the song With a little help from my friends. He started writing by the time of the White Album and is on Abbey Road were a very good contribution from Ringo with the song Octopus’s Garden. 

When the band broke up in 1970, I guess everyone wondered what would be of Ringo. Well, he found success both in films and in music. His first album was a cover album called Sentimental Journey. His second album was Beaucoups of blues. He also had early success with the singles It doesn’t come easy, Back off Boogaloo and Early 1970. He played with George Harrison on the concert of Bangladesh and in Lennon and Harrison’s first album. 

In 1973, he released his best album, simply called Ringo. The album features his former bandmates, Lennon wrote and played piano and vocals on the song I’m the greatest, McCartney wrote and played on the song Six O’ Clock. George Harrison played on many of the tracks along being writer or co-writer on many songs. The album includes the hit Photograph written by him and George. The album remains one of his best albums and was a good success. After this Ringo used the same formula for a while, his albums included contributions from Harry Nilsson, Elton John and Bernie Taupin and usually a song from his former bandmates. 

Ringo to this day tours the world with His All Starr Band. He also has a movement on his birthday where everyone at noon wherever they say love and peace.  

 This is another good album released during the time of The Beatles Anthology. In his recent albums he has written songs that are autobiographical and reminiscing of his time with The Beatles, and as Beatles fan, they are really sweet tributes to his friends and his life. Songs like In Liverpool and Liverpool * make clear references to The Beatles. Weight of the world is a beautiful song released in the 80’s. Never without you a beautiful tribute to George. if given a chance you will find good music in Ringo’s catalogue. 

I love all four members of The Beatles and believe that they all had a part in the success of the band and all gave something special. Ringo’s music is always fun to listen and he brings joy, with his music and his fun-loving personality.

Happy Birthday, Ringo.

Peace and Love!


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