Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy Birthday Ringo Starr!

Amazing musician and excellent actor Ringo Starr turned 68 today and to celebrate the man's birthday here are 5 facts you may or may not have known about Richard Starkey!

1. His signature drumming sound is partly due to the fact that he is left-handed playing a right-handed drum set causing unusual accents and stops.

2. Got the last name "Starr" from his birth name, Starkey. He got "Ringo" because he liked to wear rings on all his fingers.

3. According to George Harrison, Starr unintentionally inspired a number of songs by his witty off-the-cuff remarks. For example, after a long session on The Beatles first film, he was heard to say, "It's been a hard day's night." That was approved by the studio as the title of the film and subsequently the song, "A Hard Day's Night".

4. He missed several years of school, because of illness growing up. Learned to read and write with the help of a neighbor girl, who became his babysitter.

5. Was the only member of The Beatles to willingly accept Yoko Ono in John's life (and consequently theirs); he offered them the use of his London apartment, while John and Cynthia Lennon 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.


The Imaginary Reviewer said...

My favourite Ringo story:

Interviewer (to John Lennon): "Is Ringo Starr the best drummer in the world?"
John Lennon: "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles!"

Arkonbey said...

mediocre drummer he may be, he certainly has a reputation for being a nice guy.

And, though it's neither here nor there, I thought Caveman was a fun movie.

Also: why not switch his kit around to lefty. It's not that hard...

Steve said...

learn something every day

Becca said...

True but he also said that he thought Ringo was pretty talented. And yes it's funny how if you listen you can tell when he's not playing the drums, when it's Paul or someone else.

I have never seen Caveman but have always wanted to! I think Ringo is absurdly great in Candy if you have ever seen that crazy piece of cinema. He really was a cool actor.

Glad to share!

Scurvy said...

My favorite Beatle! His songs are the most fun and lighthearted to me.

Arkonbey said...

You haven't seen Caveman? With the list of 'Overlooked Movies' I'd have thought for sure you'd have seen it (liking it is another story)

Becca said...

Ringo is certainly the coolest Beatle!

I haven't and I'm really looking forward to eventually watching it...not figuring I'm going to like it but still looking forward to seeing it.

Dingo said...

You forgot to mention that his new CD really blows.

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