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Ringo: Beyond the Drum Stool

A Birthday Appreciation of Ringo Starr


Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, is widely recognized as the drummer of the legendary rock band, The Beatles (you may have heard of them). While his contributions to the world of music are undeniable, there are several lesser-known facts about Ringo's life and professional accomplishments that are worth exploring.


Ringo Starr Giving the Peace Sign

Beyond his drumming prowess, Ringo Starr also showcased his musical talents as a songwriter. Although overshadowed by the prolific songwriting duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Ringo penned several notable tracks for The Beatles, including "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden." These songs not only demonstrated his songwriting skills but also provided a refreshing and lighter tone within the band's discography.

Furthermore, Ringo Starr's musical contributions extended beyond his tenure with The Beatles. Following the band's breakup in 1970, he embarked on a successful solo career. In fact, I believe it's true that during a certain period immediately following the Beatles' breakup, Ringo had the most successful career. One of his most well-known solo hits is "It Don't Come Easy," released in 1971, which reached the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic. Ringo continued to release albums and singles throughout the years, collaborating with various renowned musicians such as George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Elton John.


Apart from his musical achievements, Ringo Starr is also recognized for his philanthropic efforts. In 2008, he established the Lotus Foundation alongside his wife, Barbara Bach. The foundation aims to fund and support a wide range of charitable causes, including cancer research, substance abuse treatment, and disaster relief efforts. Ringo's dedication to giving back to the community has made a significant impact, reflecting his compassionate nature beyond the realm of music.

In addition to his musical and philanthropic endeavors, Ringo Starr has also dabbled in acting. He appeared in several films, most notably in The Beatles' own films, A Hard Day's Night (1964) and Help! (1965). He later took on roles in other movies, such as Caveman (1981) and Blindman (1971), further showcasing his versatility as an entertainer. I - for one - would have been very pleased if Ringo had done more acting; perhaps there's one more film yet to be added to his repertoire.

Ringo Starr's life and professional accomplishments go far beyond being a talented drummer for The Beatles. From his successful solo career, his musical contributions remain influential and timeless. Moreover, his philanthropy work and foray into acting display his multifaceted nature and his dedication to making a positive impact on the world. Ringo's journey serves as a reminder that true artists can extend their reach beyond their initial roles, leaving a lasting legacy in various aspects of the entertainment industry and beyond.


Happy Birthday, Richard!

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