Ringo Starr is a popular English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor. He has gained worldwide fame as the drummer of Beatles. All the fans of this band know that he has been singing as a vocalist occasionally but his main part is being the drummer. He has a solo career where he made his mark equally and has become a lyricist too. Ringo has been a part of the Beatles for many years and people respect him for his talent and skills. If you want to know more about him keep reading all the details below.
Early Life and Bio
Richard Starkey is also known as Ringo was born on July 7th, 1940 in Liverpool England. His parents Richard and Elsie Gleave are confectioners and he is the only child. When he was young his parents decided to go for a divorce. He moved with his mother and she started doing cleaning jobs to earn a living. She also worked as a barmaid and helped his son financially. When Ringo was six he got to operate on for appendicitis but due to some complications went into a coma. He stayed at the Myrtle Street Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and lived away from his parents.
You will be surprised to know that till the age of eight he didn’t know how to read and write. His mother helped him learn everything with the home tutor but another problem arises. Due to tuberculosis, he lived in a sanatorium for two years. The team and staff at the sanatorium kept instruments for patients to kill boredom. He started playing drums and that’s how he thought about doing it as a career. He is 80 years old currently and his height is five feet and six inches.
Ringo got a chance to become a part of Beatles in 1962 when he replaced Pete Best as the drummer. He has a unique style for drumming and is an inspiration for all the young artists too. Most of the fans will already know that he has sung few songs as a lead. The songs as a lead vocalist include:
- With a Little Help from My Friends
- Yellow Submarine
- Good Night
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- Act Naturally
- Don’t Pass Me By
- Octopus’s Garden
After the breakup of the Beatles, he moved on with a prolific solo career and released 15 studio albums too. He has appeared in many popular films and collaborates with bandmate Paul McCartney. Along with the Beatles, he has traveled for many tours, and being a solo artist he could gain similar success.
Net Worth and Personal Life
The total net worth of Ringo is $350 million and he is one of the richest musicians in the world. He got married to Maureen Cox and his stepfather was a witness. The couple has got three children but they planned to take a divorce when things weren’t smooth. His wife passed away after few years because of cancer but he also admitted that physically abused her. Later he got married to Barbara Bach and has eight grandchildren as of now.