Truly a star in his own right we know him as one of the Fab Four – The Beatles. Ringo Starr is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He was the drummer for The Beatles and drummers usually don’t get fame all on their own. Once he did get to sing it his own way you can bet that he got noticed. I enjoy his style of music which has a beat that just makes you want to get up and dance.
During his time with The Beatles on most of the band’s albums, Ringo Starr sang lead vocals for one song, among these songs are “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Act Naturally”. He wrote the Beatle’s songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”. On others, he was the co-writer including “What Goes On” and “Flying”.
Once he set out on his own in the 1970s he started turning out lots of hits like “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, and “You’re Sixteen”. The last two songs became number one hits.
In 1972 he came out with a really successful U.K. single “Back Off Boogaloo”. Ringo Starr went on to achieve commercial and critical success for this album Ringo in 1973. However, by 1975 his popularity as a solo artist had begun to diminish. Afterward, he was featured in some documentaries, has hosted TV shows, narrated the first two seasons of Thomas & Friends which is a children’s TV series and portrayed “Mr. Conductor” on the PBS children’s TV series Shining Time Station.
He has successfully toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Star Band in various variations. In 2011 Rolling Stone magazine readers named him the fifth-greatest drummer of all time.
His album Ringo in 1973 included lots of delightful and upbeat songs such as “Oh My My” which rose up to number five on the U.S. charts.
This was followed by another great album in 1974 Goodnight Vienna. It included the hits “Only You (And You Alone)” and “The No No Song”.
In 1976 he released Ringo’s Rotogravure which included two lesser hits “A Dose of Rock n’ Roll” and “Hey! Baby”. After several albums failed in 1981 he released Stop and Smell the Roses which included a composition by George Harrison “Wrack My Brain”.
Ringo Starr continues to perform. In 2011 he recorded a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Think It Over” for the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly. Then he came out with the album Ringo 2012. During 2013 he and his All-Star Band traveled in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.
In January of 2014, he was reunited with Paul McCartney to give a special performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards the song was “Queenie Eye”.
In 2017 Ringo Starr came out with his 19th studio album Give More Love that included the single “Give More Love”.