Ringo Starr


Ringo Starr : biography

7 July 1940 –


Awards and recognition

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 12 June 1965, Starr and the three other Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE); they received their insignia from Queen Elizabeth II at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 26 October. He and the other Beatles were cumulatively nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer for their performances in the 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night. In 1971 the Beatles received an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Song Score’ for the film Let It Be. The minor planet 4150 Starr, discovered on 31 August 1984 by Brian A. Skiff at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory, was named in his honour. Starr was nominated for a 1989 Daytime Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series’ for his role as Mr. Conductor in the television series Shining Time Station.

In 1988, the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, Lennon (1994), McCartney (1999) and Harrison (2004) have been inducted for their solo careers as well. As of 2013, Starr has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo career. During the 50th Grammy Awards, Starr, George Martin and Giles Martin accepted the Best Compilation Soundtrack award for Love. On 9 November 2008, Starr accepted a Diamond Award on behalf of the Beatles during the 2008 World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco. On 8 February 2010, he was honoured with the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It is located at 1750 North Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records building, as are the stars for Lennon, McCartney and Harrison.. Retrieved 20 February 2010.

First bands: 1957–1961

Soon after Trafford had piqued Starkey’s interest in skiffle, the two began rehearsing songs in the manufacturing plant’s cellar during their lunch breaks. He recalled: "I played a guitar, and [Ritchie] just made a noise on a box … Sometimes, he just slapped a biscuit tin with some keys, or banged on the backs of chairs." They were later joined by Starkey’s neighbor and co-worker, guitarist Eddie Miles, forming the Eddie Miles Band, later renamed Eddie Clayton and the Clayton Squares after a Liverpool landmark. The band performed popular skiffle songs such as "Rock Island Line" and "Walking Cane", with Starkey raking a thimble across a washboard, creating primitive, driving rhythms. Starkey enjoyed dancing as his parents had years earlier, and he and Trafford briefly took lessons at two schools, an introduction that proved effective while enjoying nights out on the town.

On Christmas Day 1957 Graves gave Starkey a second-hand drum kit which consisted of a snare drum, bass drum and a makeshift cymbal fashioned from an old garbage can lid. Although basic and crude, the kit facilitated his progression as a musician while increasing the commercial potential of the Eddie Clayton band, who went on to book several prestigious local gigs before the UK skiffle craze succumbed to American rock and roll by early 1958.: The UK skiffle craze succumbed to American rock and roll by early 1958; .

In November 1959 he joined Al Caldwell’s Texans, who were looking for someone with a proper drum kit so that the group could transition from one of Liverpool’s best-known skiffle acts to a full-fledged rock and roll band.: Starr joined Storm’s band in November 1959; : Starr joined Storm’s band in November 1959; .{} They had begun playing local clubs as the Raging Texans, then Jet Storm and the Raging Texans before settling on Rory Storm and the Hurricanes soon before recruiting Starkey.; . About this time he adopted the stage name "Ringo Starr"; derived from the rings he wore and also because it sounded "cowboyish": his drum solos were billed as Starr Time.: (secondary source); : (secondary source); : (primary source).