Ringo coined the phrase "Tomorrow Never Knows".
Ringo coined the phrase "A Hard Days Night".
In 2008, RIngo announced he would no longer be responding to fan mail.
Before the start of the Beatles World Tour, Ringo collapsed from tonsillitis during a photo shoot. Because of his illness, he was temporarily replaced by Jimmy Nicol. Once Ringo recovered, he re-joined John, Paul, and George in Melbourne, Australia.
Ringo (Richard Starkey) was named after his father (Richard Starkey, Sr.).
As a teenager, Ringo once had a job as a barman on a ferry to New Brighton.
Ringo means "Apple" in Japanese. In the late 80s, Ringo did an apple juice commercial in Japan.
Before the Beatles, Ringo was touring with a band called "Rory Storm and the Hurricanes". He also sat in for Pete Best for many occasions.
Ringo is the oldest Beatle, but came in the latest. In a way, he is the oldest and the youngest!
In 1980, George Harrison wrote a song called "All Those Years Ago" for Ringo's 8th album Stop and Smell the Roses.
Ringo has been credited as Richard Starkey MBE.
Ringo along with Paul McCartney are the only two left from The Beatles.
Ringo was the only Beatle to willingly accept Yoko Ono in John`s life (and consequently theirs) ; he offered them the use of his London apartment, while John and his ex-wife settled their divorce. Yoko tried to return Ringo`s kindness over the years, and years later, when John was murdered, Ringo and future wife Barbara Bach flew to New York, to keep Yoko company.
Ringo had a stepfather.
Ringo bought John Lennon`s last English home from him when John and Yoko moved to America.
Ringo got the last name Starr from his birth name, Starkey. He got Ringo because he always wore lots of rings on all of his fingers.
A single of his, "The No-No Song", was a song against drug abuse. But in a darkly ironic note, the song was banned by several radio stations because of drug references.
Ringo attended St. Silas School and also Dingles Secondary Modern School.
Ringo was born and grew up in the Dingles section of Liverpool, England.
Though McCartney is the most successful ex-Beatle, Ringo actually had more solo US Top ten hits. (McCartney performed most of his Top Tens with Wings)
Fully convinced the fame of the Beatles would be short-lived, Ringo sent large amounts of money to his aunt to deposit in a bank account while he was on tour with the band. His intention was to start a hair dressing salon once The Beatles faded from public memory. To this day, he is known to be savvy with his finances, and even appeared in a TV advertisement for an investment consulting service.
Ringo has been married twice.
Ringo was awarded the MBE in 1965.
Ringo developed pleurisy at age thirteen, and was hospitalized for two years.
Ringo lapsed into a ten week coma when he was six years of age.
Ringo has two tattoos, one on each arm.
Ringo relaxes by practicing Transcendental Meditation, the mind calming technique that he learned with The Beatles while on a trip to India in 1968.
Ringo tours with his group, "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band".
Ringo's birth name is Richard Starkey.
Ringo missed several years of school due to illness. He learned to read and write with the help of a neighbor girl, who became his babysitter.
In 1985, Ringo accepted the role of Locke Walls on The Guiding Light but changed his mind about it at the last minute.
Ringo owns property in several countries, and he retains British citizenship.
Ringo is a fan of the British comedy show entitled Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Ringo received his first set of drums as a gift from his stepfather when he was a teenager.
Ringo got the idea for the song entitled "Octopus's Garden" while yachting near an island off the coast of Greece. He observed an octopus exhibiting packrat-like behavior.
Ringo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beatles on January 20, 1988.
Ringo married Barbara Bach on April 27, 1981.
Ringo and Maureen have 3 children.
Ringo was married to Maureen from February 11, 1965 to July 17, 1975.
Ringo replaced Pete Best as The Beatles' drummer.
Ringo was a delivery boy for British Rail before pursuing a career in the music industry.
Ringo was the drummer for The Beatles.
Ringo's nickname is Ritchie.
Ringo resides in Monaco.
Ringo is a strict vegetarian.
Ringo loves Western movies.
Ringo was the oldest member of The Beatles and the last to join the group. Technically, this makes him both the oldest and youngest Beatle.
Ringo's first job was as a delivery boy.
Ringo was the shortest member of The Beatles at 5' 8" tall.
Ringo is left handed, although he plays the drums and the guitar right handed.
Ringo: And I came back and it was great, 'cuz George had set up all these flowers all over the studio saying welcome home. So then we got it together again. I always felt it was better on the White (album) for me. We were more like a band, you know.
Ringo: America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
(discussing his experience with the All Starr Band)
Ringo: For me it works as a great formula. It's just really a great way for me to do it. If you look at all the bands I've put together, it's an incredible array of musicians, all these different people. Everyone has hit records, hit songs. The show consists of me upfront and then I go back behind the kit and support the others. It's just good music and I'm having a lot of fun and that's what it all about – great music and fun."
(1993, in response to the release of Ringo Rama)
Ringo: There is a lot of me in these songs. As time goes on, my personality is coming out more and more in the music. That's just what happens. On this album my drumming is more dynamic, I'm more to the front, I think I'm singing better, and I believe we're writing better songs. All the touring helps because then you're keeping your chops up. I suppose I had a long time off, and now I've had a long time on."
(in 1990, upon the release of the All Starr Band's first album)
Ringo: I've said this over and over again, but I love being in a band.
(in 1989, referring to the formation of the All Starr Band)
Ringo: I got a message from a guy named David Fishof asking if I'd be interested in putting a band together. I had been thinking the same thing – and so I went through my phone book, rang up a few friends and asked them if they'd like to have fun in the summer.
(when asked what the Beatles do with all of their money)
Ringo: We bury it.
Ringo I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
(spoken shortly after the birth of his son, Zak, in 1965)
Ringo: I won't let Zak be a drummer!
(referring to his first solo album, Sentimental Journey)
Ringo: I did it for my Mum.
Ringo: When I was thirteen I only wanted to be a drummer.
Ringo: A lot of my postcards have little drawings on them and they're like an itinerary of what the other three were up to. Because of the bits I write on each item, it's also like a semi-autobiography.
Ringo: Let us see them do something good for Britain. Build a hospital. And that Dianamemorial? It's such a lot of crap. She deserved more than that, in my opinion.
Ringo: When they come here, the English make a choice: New York or L.A. L.A suited me better, I just feel comfortable here.
Ringo: I kept thinking that I really should do something with all those postcards, and then I had this idea; they'd make a great book.
Ringo: We both ended up in rehab, and we have addictive personalities, so we try to help people in the same boat.
Ringo: The main thing is, I don't ever want to go back to work.
Ringo: I figure we're good for another four years. I don't want to invest me money in stocks or anything. I just want to havet and draw twenty or thirty quid a week.
Ringo: I'm no good on the technical things but I'm good with all the motions, swinging my head, like. That's because I love to dance but you can't do that on the drums.
Ringo: I started to be an engineer, but I banged me thumb on the first day. I became a drummer because it was the only thing I could do.
Ringo: At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I've made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.
Ringo: For me, meditation is a break from thinking. The benefits to me are quieting my mind and soul down.
Ringo: I'm not a violent man, but I was getting violent. It was just painful, waking up in the morning and finding yourself drinking again.
Ringo: I haven't had a drink or a drug for 15 years. A day is longer now. Nights were longer then. But suddenly, you love the light.
Ringo: Keith had a great heart; he was a really good man, but he would take medication by the bucketload.
Ringo: That was a big thing, meeting Elvis. He was very charming, and had the first television remote control we'd ever seen.
Ringo: I promise you: I'll not be having anymore tattoos. In '76, there was no pain. In '94-lots of pain.
Ringo: I took my daughter to get her tattoo brightened up, and I thought 'well, while I'm here, I'll have one too'.
Ringo: I believe at that concert I was carried off. I was just getting drunk all the time. But that's over now.
Ringo: I've had enough of the royal family. 'Bout time they went on holiday and stayed there.
Ringo: If Paul sent me a card today with one of his little drawings on it, it'd be on eBay by Wednesday.
Ringo: I was listening to The Last Waltz the other day, and I played on that. I know that because there's a photo. I played great, but I don't remember playing.
Ringo: We did have big fights, but we still loved each other. We split up, and it was about time. But there was still lots of contact.