[[caption-width-right:300:PEACE and LOVE!]]

->''"To be or not to be, I don't care,''\\
''The question is, are you alive out there?''\\
''It don't take brains, just heart and soul,''\\
''I think therefore I rock and roll"''

Sir Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940) was the more notable drummer for Music/TheBeatles, replacing [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]], [[BadassGrandpa and]] [[CoolOldGuy he]] [[MemeticBadass is awesome]]. Following his career with the Fab Four, he has had a mildly successful solo career.

Aside from his musical career, he's also a pretty accomplished actor, starring in the prehistoric comedy film ''Film/{{Caveman}}'', and had a co-starring role with Creator/PeterSellers in ''Film/TheMagicChristian'', and has appeared in many other films over the years. He sang the theme song for a 2013 revival special of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.

Some see him as the Beatles' [[LesserStar Garfunkel]], having only been credited for writing two Beatles songs which are mostly viewed as AlbumFiller (although "Octopus's Garden" appeared on a GreatestHitsAlbum). Ringo himself is often very [[SelfDeprecation Self Deprecating]] about this. The other Beatles tried to avoid this, however, by giving him at least one song to sing on every album[[note]]except ''Music/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Music/LetItBe''[[/note]], and have repeatedly declared his importance for the band in interviews. Music/JohnLennon, who often hired Ringo as his drummer after the break-up because he had gotten used to his groove, noted in an interview that "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 [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul's]] bass playing is underrated".

Oh, and did we mention he provided narration for the first two seasons of the ''WesternaAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' series, and also played the Conductor? As well as the first surviving Beatle to appear on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' in "Brush With Greatness"?

An inductee in the 2015 Rock and Roll of Fame class, the final member of the Fab Four to be inducted as a solo artist. In December 2017, it was announced that he would receive a knighthood, which took place on March 20, 2018.

!!Studio Discography:

* 1970 - ''Sentimental Journey''
* 1970 - ''Beaucoups Of Blues''
* 1973 - ''Music/{{Ringo}}''
* 1974 - ''Goodnight Vienna''
* 1976 - ''Ringo's Rotogravure''
* 1977 - ''Ringo The 4th''
* 1978 - ''Bad Boy''
* 1981 - ''Stop And Smell The Roses''
* 1983 - ''Old Wave''
* 1992 - ''Time Takes Time''
* 1998 - ''Vertical Man''
* 1999 - ''I Wanna Be Santa Claus''
* 2003 - ''Ringo Rama''
* 2005 - ''Choose Love''
* 2008 - ''Liverpool 8''
* 2010 - ''Y Not''
* 2012 - ''Ringo 2012''
* 2015 - ''Postcards From Paradise''

!!Live Discography:

* 1990 - ''Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band''
* 1993 - ''Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2: Live From Montreux''
* 1995 - ''4-Starr Collection''
* 1997 - ''Ringo Starr And His Third All-Starr Band-Volume 1''
* 1998 - ''Creator/VH1 Storytellers''
* 2002 - ''King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band''
* 2003 - ''Extended Versions''
* 2004 - ''Tour 2003''
* 2006 - ''Ringo Starr And Friends''
* 2007 - ''Ringo Starr: Live At Soundstage''
* 2008 - ''Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006''
* 2010 - ''Live At The Greek Theatre 2008''

!!Ringo Starr provides examples of:

* {{Adorkable}}: Played up in the movies.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Generally averted, though he ''was'' often seen as the most offbeat Beatle.
* ArtifactAlias: His stage name was originally intended to evoke TheWildWest; when he was with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, the band decided to do a bit of Wild West-inspired ThemeNaming for all its members, and Ringo's stuck even after he became a Beatle.
* AudienceSurrogate: In a lot of ways he functioned as one for The Beatles, being TheEveryman alongside three geniuses, which made him relatable. As critic Robert Christgau put it, "He's our representative on The Beatles."
* BlindingBangs: No more than the other three, but anime dubbing companies often turn characters with BlindingBangs into parodies of him, riddling their dialogue with Beatles references. This is shown in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' with Geronimo/"Beatlebomb" (one of the most criticised aspects of the dub) and Nihiru/Ringo from ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. Ironically, [[Manga/KOn the one character]] who was probably the most influenced by Ringo was famous for having a ForeheadOfDoom.
* BoringButPractical: When listening to his work with the Beatles, if you're not paying attention, you might never notice him. If you ''do'' pay attention... He contributed creative drum parts to the Beatles' songs, effortlessly adapting to whatever the others needed.[[note]]Compare, for example, the up-tempo pop beat of "I Saw Her Standing There", the metal thrash of "Helter Skelter", and the sensitive touch and style shifts in "Something".[[/note]] He is very, very good at keeping time, and fluffed a grand total of ''twelve takes'' in the entirety of the Beatles' recording career. For every casual fan who thinks he's "just okay", there's a musician/drummer who thinks [[SimpleYetAwesome he's awesome]]. And [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqeBt5ZO4mU here's a set of testimonials by some of the great drummers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries]], explaining exactly why they think Ringo is awesome.
* CallBack: Ringo's solo works are super-overloaded with this trope, referencing his personal and professional history on a regular basis, musically and lyrically, often with SelfDeprecation or affection. Every line from the title track to ''Postcards From Paradise'' deliberately references a Beatles or solo hit (or Beatles-era composition), while "Rory and the Hurricanes" from the same album references the band he was in before the Beatles.
* CatchPhrase: [[NewAgeRetroHippie "PEACE and LOVE!"]] He says it so much that it veers into VerbalTic territory.
* ChickMagnet: People tend to forget that he had as many devoted fan-girls as the others, if not more; his girlfriend in Liverpool was getting threatened by numerous crazy types before Beatlemania proper even ''started''. That gag in ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' about him getting the most fan-mail was actually [[RealLifeWritesThePlot true]].
** The irony was that Ringo was the "[[KavorkaMan endearingly ugly Beatle]]"
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: "You're Sixteen" features a guest appearance by Music/PaulMcCartney... ''on kazoo!'' (or kazoo-like noises)
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "Boys".
* DullSurprise: During the Beatles performances, when not smiling (or singing) he had a "barely caring" scowl.
* [[LesserStar The Garfunkel]]: When it comes to song-writing, Ringo doesn't get as much credit compared with the other Beatles. Understandable, as while the Beatles were together, he wrote only two songs by himself. But to be fair, he was a great drummer.
* GagNose: [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ringo_Starr Richard Stanley Barbecue Shark-Nose Argos Liverpool Smallheadicus Nil Sellotape Starkey, more well known as Ringo Starr, The Best Drummer In The World Ever Called Ringle, or That Nose With A Short Guy Attached To It.]]
* GriefSong: "Never Without You" for Music/GeorgeHarrison. "Photograph", which George himself helped Ringo record, also became this after George's death.
* TheHeart: Many fans and critics considered him the most expendable Beatle, but the other Beatles recognised Ringo as helping keep them together during the most tense of times. He once walked out of the band during the sessions for ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' and went on holiday in Italy; when he was finally convinced to return he found his drum kit decorated with flowers. After they broke up, he was the only one to get all three of the others to contribute to an album. ''Twice''. And he returned the favour for all of them.
** It also indicated that he was the first to sense something wasn't right with the band and they weren't as close as they used to be:
-->"I left because I felt two things: I felt I wasn't playing great, and I also felt that the other three were really happy and I was an outsider. I went to see John, who had been living in my apartment in Montagu Square with [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]] since he moved out of Kenwood. I said, 'I'm leaving the group because I'm not playing well and I feel unloved and out of it, and you three are really close.' And John said, 'I thought it was you three!' So then I went over to Paul's and knocked on his door. I said the same thing: 'I'm leaving the band. I feel you three guys are really close and I'm out of it.' And Paul said, 'I thought it was you three!'"
* HiddenDepths: He's a highly talented photographer, and in 2015 he published a book of his work.
* IllBoy: He was very sickly as a child, beginning with a RupturedAppendix at age six that nearly killed him. He spent so much time in hospital that he only had about six years of school and as a poor student at that. On the plus side, his hospitalization also gave him his first exposure to drums.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Generally played and/or perceived as the innocent Beatle, due to his PluckyComicRelief status in the films.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Saying "Ringo" without putting the emphasis on "go" [[FandomBerserkButton is a crime]].
* {{Japandering}}: There's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZj3dOm9muA this]], but in Ringo's defence the ad is [[PunnyName actually quite clever]].[[note]]For those who don't get it, "ringo" is Japanese for apple and "sutta" means squeezed.[[/note]]
* LiveAlbum: Several, most notably the series of ''Ringo Starr and His [[PunnyName All-Starr Band]]'' releases.
* {{Malaproper}}: The other three Beatles called them "Ringoisms": he's credited with coining the phrases "[[Film/AHardDaysNight a hard]] [[Music/AHardDaysNight day's night]]", "eight days a week", and "[[Music/{{Revolver}} tomorrow never knows]]".
* MeaningfulName: His nickname, which dates back to his pre-Beatle days with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, comes from his affinity for rings.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: "Drumming Is My Madness".
--> ''Drumming is my middle name''
* NewSoundAlbum: After experimenting with GenreThrowback (''Sentimental Journey'') and CountryMusic (''Beaucoups of Blues'') on his first two albums, ''Ringo'' established the template he's mostly stuck to in his solo career: basic, good-natured rock with some GenreRoulette, and an AllStarCast to back him up.
* OddNameOut: John, Paul, George, and... Ringo.
* OdeToSobriety: Played for laughs with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZN_8M4OpMo The No No Song]], in which he turns down offers of marijuana, cocaine, and moonshine.[[note]]The last one seems like ArsonMurderAndJaywalking until you find out he entered rehab to treat alcoholism in 1988.[[/note]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's aged quite well. With his perpetual sunglasses, beard and largely intact hairline, he could easily pass for a man [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:20110626_102_All-Starr-Band-in-Paris_Ringo-Starr_WP.jpg 20 years younger]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: No one ever calls him Richard Starkey.
* PrecisionFStrike: According to [[http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/ringo-starr/interesting-interview-with-maureen/ this interview with his first wife Maureen]], he used one of these right before he (temporarily) walked out on the White Album sessions. (It's especially funny when you contrast him with [[Music/JohnLennon John]], master of the ClusterFBomb.)
--> '''A:''' ... I will never forget what he muttered as he folded his socks and put them in the suitcase. He said "Paul is a [[GoshDangItToHeck freaking]] moron."
--> '''Q:''' You used freaking instead of the "F" word?
--> '''A:''' ''(laughs)'' Yes I did. He put so much stress on that word that it shocked me to hear him say it because he usually isn't like that.
* RagsToRiches: Was the poorest of all four Beatles as a child; he lived in post-war low-income housing with his mother, grandmother, and grandfather after his father abandoned them. He also missed much of his education due to frequent illnesses. Like the others, he became very well-to-do as Beatlemania took off.
* SelfDeprecatingHumor: He is very fond of it. The last verse of his song "Early 1970" jokingly claims that he only knows "three chords" on the guitar, and in the ''Music/TheBeatlesAnthology'' documentary, he also jokes that he only knows "three chords" on the guitar and piano while discussing "Don't Pass Me By".
* SillyLoveSongs: Plenty.
* TheSouthpaw: Initially caused him some difficulty, as his drum kit was right-handed (in contrast to fellow southpaw Music/PaulMcCartney's left-handed guitars and basses).
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: To make the Beatles a full VocalTagTeam, Ringo sang a song on most of their albums. John and Paul even joked that their version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8QEX3_aVig the song]] they gave to Music/TheRollingStones was sung by Ringo...
** This [[OlderThanTheyThink dates back to his days with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes]]; part of the logic behind his stage name was that it allowed the group to bill his solos as "Starr Time." (After joining The Beatles, he continued to cover one of his usual Rory numbers--The Shirelles' "Boys"--which made it onto the album ''Please Please Me.'')
* SunglassesAtNight: Since the 90s, Ringo wears sunglasses all the time.
* VSign: Basically his iconic gesture.
->[-[[Music/JohnLennon "How's that?"]]-]\\
'''[++"[[SuddenlyShouting I GOT]] [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum BLISTERS ON MY]] ''[[TheStinger FINGERS!]]''"++]'''