Ringo Starr


Ringo Starr : biography

7 July 1940 –


After the Beatles


On 10 April 1970, McCartney announced that he had left the Beatles. Starr released two albums before the end of that year: Sentimental Journey, comprising his renditions of many pre-rock standards and including musical arrangements by Quincy Jones, Maurice Gibb, George Martin and McCartney, and the country-inspired Beaucoups of Blues, which featured renowned Nashville session musician Pete Drake.

Starr played drums on Lennon’s John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) and Yoko Ono’s Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (1970), and on Harrison’s albums All Things Must Pass (1970) and Living in the Material World (1973).: All Things Must Pass; : Living in the Material World; : Plastic Ono Band. In 1971, Starr participated in the Concert for Bangladesh, organised by Harrison, and earned a hit single with "It Don’t Come Easy", a US number 4.: the Concert for Bangladesh; , The following year he released "Back Off Boogaloo" (US number 9), his most successful UK hit, which peaked at number 2.: "Back Off Boogaloo" peak UK chart position; : peak US chart positions for "Back Off Boogaloo". Later that year he made his directorial debut with the T. Rex documentary Born to Boogie.{} In late 1973, he released two number 1 hits in the US: "Photograph", which was co-written with Harrison, and "You’re Sixteen", written by the Sherman Brothers.: "Photograph"; : "You’re Sixteen"; : peak US chart positions for "Photograph" and "You’re Sixteen". Starr’s third million-selling single and his second US chart-topper, "You’re Sixteen" was released in the UK in February 1974 where it peaked at number 4 in the charts.

In 1973 he released Ringo, a commercially successful album produced by Richard Perry that featured writing and musical contributions from Harrison, Lennon and McCartney. The LP produced two hits, "No No Song", which was a US number 3 and Starr’s seventh consecutive top-ten, and "Oh My My", a US number 5. Goodnight Vienna followed in 1974 and was also successful, yielding Starr another top-ten with his cover of the Platters’, "Only You (And You Alone)" (US number 6). In 1975 these singles and others were included on Starr’s first greatest hits compilation, Blast from Your Past, which was the last album released by Apple Records.

During this period he became romantically involved with Lynsey de Paul. He played tambourine on a song she wrote and produced for Vera Lynn, "Don’t You Remember When", and he inspired another De Paul song, "If I Don’t Get You the Next One Will", which she described as being about revenge after he missed a dinner appointment with her because he was asleep in his office.

Starr’s recording career subsequently diminished in commercial impact, although he continued to record and remained a familiar celebrity presence. In 1976, the album Ringo’s Rotogravure was released by Polydor Records. The LP featured compositions by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison. Although yielding two minor hit singles, "A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll" (US number 26) and a cover of "Hey! Baby" (US number 74) the album achieved moderate sales but reached the respectable chart position of 28. This caused the label to revamp Starr’s formula; the results were a curious blend of disco and 1970s pop. The album Ringo the 4th (1977) was a commercial disaster, reaching no higher than number 162 on the charts. Afterward, Starr soon signed with Portrait Records. His stint with Portrait began on a promising note: 1978 saw the release of Bad Boy, as well as a network TV special. However, neither were very popular, with Bad Boy reaching a disappointing number 129 on the US charts. Consequently, Starr did not release another album with Portrait Records.