Ringo Starr

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Ringo Starr (born 1940, real name Richard Starkey), is best known as the drummer for The Beatles from 1962 (when he replaced Pete Best) until their breakup in 1970. Starr was known for his reliable and steady drumming style, and his easygoing personality made him an easy fit with the other Beatles.

Prior to joining the Beatles, he was the drummer for the Liverpool band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, from 1959 to 1962. His musical talents were primarily confined to drumming, rather than singing or songwriting. Of all the Beatles, he did the least songwriting. The Beatles explained when that he would present a song as a contender for an album cut, the song would (to them) be a clear knockoff of another popular song, but Ringo would not recognize the similarities until they pointed it out. Ringo did, however, write "Octopus's Garden" (on the album Abbey Road) and "Don't Pass Me By" (on The White Album), as well as a few others. Ringo generally sang at least one song on each studio album; in some cases John Lennon or Paul McCartney would write the lyrics and melody especially for him, as Lennon did with "With a Little Help From My Friends," off Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In 1972, after the breakup of the Beatles, Starr's solo recording of "Photograph" topped the Billboard charts. He also toured with Ringo Starr's All-Star Band.

He acted in several films such as Candy, 1968; Son of Dracula, 1974; Caveman, 1984. He also worked on the children's television series "Shining Time Station" and "Thomas the Tank Engine".