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  • Breakthrough Hit: "It Don't Come Easy", from the spring of 1971. Although it was not his first single release – that honor goes to "Beaucoups of Blues" a year earlier, shortly after the breakup of The Beatles – this was his first legitimate hit. Ringo was the last Beatle to taste individual success, but for a time in the 1970s, he was more consistently successful than Paul McCartney.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Of his Beatles drumwork, he's proudest of "Rain".
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While this was not the case in their native UK, after the Beatles hit it big in the United States, Ringo was the most popular Beatle among the American public until the breakup (receiving nearly twice as much fanmail from American fans as the others did). He was even the subject of a song asking him to run for President (which would not be strictly constitutional).
  • No Export for You: His 1983 album Old Wave didn't receive an American release until 1994.
  • Playing Against Type
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  • Red Stapler: When he joined the Beatles, he bought a new drum kit from Ludwig Drums. He was so pleased to get such a fancy American brand that he had the brand's logo on the bass drum to show off. When the Beatles hit the big time with Starr using that kit, that publicity quickly made Ludwig the top drum manufacturer for 20 years.
  • Typecasting: Tended to get cast as characters reminiscent of his Real Life persona, starting with A Hard Day's Night (in which he played an exaggerated version of himself). He once noted that he really wanted to play a villain just to shake things up. (As noted above, he finally did so in Blindman.)


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