Ringo Starr

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Ringo Starr : biography

7 July 1940 –

By early 1960 the Hurricanes had become one of Liverpool’s leading bands.; . In May they were offered a three-month residency at a Butlins holiday camp in Wales. Although initially reluctant to accept the gig and end his machinist apprenticeship that Graves had secured for him four years earlier, and which he was one year away from completing, Starr eventually agreed to the arrangement.; ; . The Butlins gig led to other opportunities for the band, including an unpleasant tour of US Air Force bases in France about which Starr commented: "The French don’t like the British; at least I didn’t like them." They became so successful that when initially offered a highly-coveted residency in Hamburg, they turned it down due to their prior commitment with Butlins.; . They eventually accepted, joining the Beatles at Bruno Koschmiders Kaiserkeller on 1 October 1960, where Starr first met the band.: Starr first met the Beatles in Hamburg; : Starr first met the Beatles in Hamburg; : Bruno Koschmider; : arriving in Hamburg on 1 October 1960. Storm’s Hurricanes were given top-billing over the Beatles, who also received less pay.: the Hurricanes were paid more then the Beatles; : the Hurricanes were given top-billing over the Beatles. Starr performed with them during a few stand-in engagements while in Hamburg, and on 15 October 1960 he drummed with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, recording with them for the first time while backing Hurricanes’ singer Lu Walters on the George Gershwin aria, "Summertime".: Starr recording with the Beatles for the first time; : Starr performed with the Beatles during a few stand-in engagements while in Hamburg; : Starr recording with the Beatles for the first time. During his first stay in Hamburg he also met Tony Sheridan, who valued Starr’s drumming abilities to the point of asking him to leave the Hurricanes and join his band.; .

Films

Starr has received praise from critics and movie industry professionals regarding his acting; director and producer Walter Shenson called him "a superb actor, an absolute natural." By the mid-1960s, Starr had become a connoisseur of films. In addition to his roles in the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), Yellow Submarine (1968) and Let It Be (1970), Starr also acted in Candy (1968), The Magic Christian (1969) with Peter Sellers), Blindman (1971), Son of Dracula (1974) and Caveman (1981). For the 1979 documentary film on the Who, The Kids Are Alright, Starr appeared in interview segments with fellow drummer Keith Moon. He starred as Larry the Dwarf in Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels (1971). His voice is also featured in Harry Nilsson’s animated film The Point! (1971).

He co-starred in That’ll Be the Day (1973) as a Teddy Boy and appeared in The Last Waltz, the Martin Scorsese film about the 1976 farewell concert of the Band. He played ‘The Pope’ in Ken Russell’s Lisztomania (1975), and a fictionalised version of himself in the McCartney’s Give My Regards to Broad Street in 1984. Starr appeared as himself and a downtrodden alter-ego Ognir Rrats, in Ringo (1978), an American-made television comedy film based loosely on The Prince and the Pauper.

Early life: 1940–1956

Richard Starkey was born on 7 July 1940 in the front bedroom at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, the son of confectioners Elsie (née Gleave) and Richard Starkey.: Born in the front bedroom at 9 Madryn Street, parent’s occupations; ; . He was born one week late and about a month after the Dunkirk evacuation. Within weeks, while lying in bed recuperating, Elsie heard sirens indicating that the Luftwaffe bombing of Liverpool and the Second World War’s Battle of Britain had begun.; . She was known for her beautiful singing voice, and for her love of dancing, a hobby that she shared with her husband, an avid fan of swing. Prior to the birth of their son, whom they nicknamed "Ritchie", the couple had spent much of their free-time at the local ballroom circuit, but soon after his birth their regular outings ended. According to Beatles biographer Bob Spitz, Elsie "doted upon him to the point of preoccupation." Soon after, "Big Ritchie", as Starkey’s father became known, lost interest in his family, choosing instead to spend long hours drinking and dancing in pubs, sometimes for days on end.