Ringo Starr (Sir Richard Starkey MBE) may be best known as the legendary drummer for The Beatles, but there are some facts about this 79-year-old musician that most people don’t know. Here, MusicSnake Magazine presents a list of fifteen facts you probably didn’t know about Ringo Starr.
Number One: Ringo Starr Earned £500,000 for One Sentence. In ’96, he made quick £500,000 as part of a Japanese commercial. The musician had to say one sentence, and the commercial was for natural juice.
Number Two: The Drummer Was Naturally Left-Handed. Like fellow Beatles member Paul McCartney, Ringo was naturally left-handed. However, rather than play music that way, he played on a right-handed drum set. His grandma was the one who encouraged him to be ambidextrous.
Number Three: He Has Been Insulted by Muhammed Ali. Apparently, Muhammed Ali was not a big fan of Ringo’s drumming skills. He is reported as saying, “My dog plays better drums!” about Ringo’s drumming. As a drummer, Ringo got a lot of flack.
Number Four: He Is the Only Beatle Not to Be Inducted for His Solo Career. Though every other Beatle has been inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame for their subsequent solo careers, Ringo has not. It’s unclear how he feels about this.
Number Five: Ringo Had Many “Ringoisms.” Growing up, he would get made fun of for his malapropisms, or his common confusion of similar-sounding words. School children would often ask him to talk and make fun of him, calling his malapropisms “Ringoisms.”
Number Six: He Almost Died as a Child. When the musician was just 6 years old, he fell into a coma for two months after having an inflamed appendix. He woke up, but he had to stay in the hospital for several months after that.
Number Seven: Starr Once Played a Wizard in a Movie. In the musical-cum-comedy Son of Dracula, Ringo has quite the role. He plays Merlin the wizard. Of his role, he has said, “It’s not the greatest movie in the world, but I’ve seen worse.”
Number Eight: Ringo Starr Wasn’t Always Confident of His Position With The Beatles. On his first day at the Abbey Records Studio, he was replaced by 32-year-old Andy White after producer George Martin said he would prefer a session drummer. This made him concerned that he would lose his spot with The Beatles.
Number Nine: He Wasn’t Always Ringo Starr. Ringo Starr was actually born Richard Starkey. He began calling himself Ringo because of all of the rings he liked to wear. The second part of his new name, “Starr,” originated from his time playing with the band Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, where he had a featured slot titled “Starr time.”
Number Ten: RS Starred in a Movie With Roger Daltrey. Roger Daltrey of The Who was in the ’75 film Lisztomania. He was also in this movie, and he played the pope.
Number Eleven: He Had a Step Ladder. When his mother remarried, she married a decorator and painter named Harry Graves. Rather than call him his step-father, Ringo called him his step ladder.
Number Twelve: Starr Was Part of a Children’s Show. In the mid-1980s, the musician was hired to be part of the children’s show called Thomas The Tank Engine. He voiced the narrator and a character named Mr. Conductor.
Number Thirteen: He Entered Himself Into Rehab. After waking up one morning next to his bloody wife, Ringo realized he had beat her the night before and had no memory of the incident. It was then that he decided to check himself into rehab. His wife is Barbara Bach, and the two have been married since ’81.
Number Fourteen: He Starred Alongside Mae West. The ’78 film Sextette starring Mae West also features Ringo Starr. He played a director named Laslo Karolny in the film.
Number Fifteen: His Family Is Talented, Too. His son is named Zak, and he plays the drums. In fact, Zak is so talented that he even played drums with The Who during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIV. Thanks for reading!
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