Ringo Starr-British Rock LegendJuly 15, 2020
Richard Starkey, the famous British drummer for the Beatles, was born in Liverpool, England on July 7, 1940. He has just celebrated his 80th birthday. From indigent beginnings, the son of bakery workers, he began his rise to stardom when fate turned in his favor in August of 1962. The Beatles took note of his talent while he played for a British band, and they had already met in 1960 when that band, “The Hurricanes,” was performing in Hamburg, Germany. They invited Ringo to sit in on some of their sessions.
It wasn’t entirely a surprise when Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, fired their current drummer, Pete Best, and Ringo, named so because of the variety of rings donning his fingers, started his career as an iconic member of whom also became known as The Fabulous Four.
By 1964, the group had attained international recognition in a way that superseded the usual type. Fans mesmerized and crazed by the boys and their performances gave the name Beatlemania to this unprecedented, world-wide fervor and frenzy for any musical group. Ringo’s first trip to the United States in the same year was to make an appearance with the group on the Ed Sullivan show with 70 million viewers watching the performance.
Later that year, the Beatles starred in their first movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” with Ringo having the main role because of the script’s casting need for the character’s likeness to the lovable and vulnerable personality of Starr. He and one of his rings were also the focus in their next movie, “Help,” the following year. In 1967, the Beatles made their final film together, “The Magical Mystery Tour.” He also did quite a bit of acting on his own, including co-starring with Peter Sellers in the 1969 film “The Magic Christian,” a British satire. Besides his appearance in it, he had his hand in the direction of the concert footage documentary, “Born to Boogie,” with Elton John. After the band’s breakup in 1970, Ringo also narrated some children’s programming, and he starred in a PBS series for children as “The Conductor.” He has his star on the Hollywood Hall of Fame which was dedicated in 2010.
His first major musical hit as a soloist was “It Don’t Come Easy,” released in 1971. He had several other solos and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his performances as a soloist in 2015. Ringo Starr is an artist in several respects as his talents for music, songwriting, acting, and directing do not complete his portfolio. Here he is pictured displaying photography he shot throughout his life at an art exhibition in 2015. In 2018, Ringo was knighted in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace for his contributions to music.
Ringo is often photographed with pictures of his American wife, Barbara Bach, in the background, remembered best for her role in the James Bond movie, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” The two have been married since 1981 and are reported to be as much in love today as the day they first met. They met on the set when she and Ringo co-starred in the comedy film, “The Caveman.” They have no children together, but both had children from previous marriages. Although the rock star was not able to celebrate his birthday in the usual way because of the pandemic, his fans are the happier for it because he held a public, charity broadcast on YouTube, instead, Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show.