Ringo Starr (July 7, 1940)
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Ringo's birth name is Richard Starkey.
He replaced Pete Best in the Beatles when Pete started not showing up for practices. Ringo was Pete's substitute and was eventually asked to join the band as the actual drummer. When Ringo joined the band, Beatles fans would chant "Pete Best Forever, Ringo Never," at their shows.
He had many health problems as a child which kept him from getting a great education. When he was 15 he could barely read or write, which was when he decided that he had to be a drummer. (thanks, Brittanie - Liverpool, England, for above 3)
Ringo was the narrator and did character voices of the UK animated series Thomas The Tank Engine (also known as Shining Time Station) from 1985-1991. His replacement was none other than comedian George Carlin. (thanks, Michael - New Bedford, MA)
Ringo was born left-handed, but his grandmother made him use his right hand for most tasks, so he writes, cuts paper and plays the drums right-handed. (thanks, Laura - Birmingham, England, for above 2)
From 1970-1973, he had more chart success than the other Beatles, including 7 straight Top-10 singles in a row.
He is the only ex-Beatle who is not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist. The Beatles were inducted in 1988.
His son, Zak Starkey, is also a drummer and has played with Oasis and The Who. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3)
In 2008, he issued a strange statement in a video on his website: "I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love." Not a great way to show appreciation for fans. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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