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Music: Ringo Starr

"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"

Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940) was the more notable drummer for The Beatles, replacing Pete Best, and he 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 Caveman, and had a co-starring role with Peter Sellers in The Magic Christian, and has appeared in many other films over the years. He will play a character and sing the theme song for a 2013 revival special of The Powerpuff Girls on Cartoon Network.

Some see him as the the Beatles' Garfunkel, having only been credited for writing two Beatles songs which are mostly viewed as Album Filler (although "Octopus' Garden" appeared on a Greatest Hits Album). Ringo himself is often very Self Deprecating about this. The other Beatles tried to avoid this, however, by giving him at least one song to sing on every album, and have repeatedly declared his importance for the band in interviews. John Lennon, who often hired Ringo as his drummer after the breakup 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 Paul's bass playing is underrated."

Oh, and did we mention he provided narration for the first two seasons of the Thomas the Tank Engine series, and also played the Conductor? As well as the first surviving Beatle to appear on The Simpsons in "Brush with Greatness".

Studio Discography:

  • 1970 - Sentimental Journey
  • 1970 - Beaucoups Of Blues
  • 1973 - 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

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 - VH-1 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:

Paul McCartneyCreator/Parlophone RecordsWings
George HarrisonFranchise/The BeatlesPlease Please Me
SqueezeMusic of the 1970sStatus Quo
Paul McCartneyRockBe-Bop Deluxe

alternative title(s): Ringo Starr
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