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Ringo Starr first rose to fame in the early 1960s as the drummer for the legendary rock group the Beatles.
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Born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, in Liverpool, England, Ringo Starr, known for his easy-going personality, rose to fame in the early 1960s as a member of the legendary rock group the Beatles.
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While he continued to produce numerous solo albums,
Starr received some his strongest reviews in years for 1992's Time Takes Time. He also was involved with an interesting reunion with Paul McCartney and George Harrison in the mid-1990s. The trio worked with a demo version of the song "Free as a Bird" recorded by John Lennon in 1977 to produce a new Beatles single—the first in 25 years. Sadly, Lennon had been murdered in 1980 by a crazed assassin. The song was released in 1995 and became a top ten hit. Another Lennon song, "Real Love," was also reworked and did well on the charts in 1996. Two years later, Starr appeared on the VH1 Storytellers television series, sharing his music and experiences as a recording artist, which resulted in an accompanying album.
Most recently, Starr released Liverpool 8 in 2008. As a testimony to his abilities as a songwriter, he co-wrote all of the material on the album. The recording has been heralded by some critics as an impressive comeback. Continuing to explore his career as a solo artist, Starr put out Y Not (2010) and Ringo 2012.
In 2013, Starr showed off his talent for photography. He published Photograph, which featured many never-seen-before images of the Beatles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starr felt that the photo book could tell the story of his life as a Beatle better than a traditional autobiography. "They only want eight years, really . . . . and I did have a life before that and after that."
Starr has been married twice. Wed to Maureen Cox from 1965 to 1975, the couple had three children together, Zak, Jason and Lee. Zak has followed in his father's footsteps and become an accomplished drummer in his right, playing with such bands as The Who and Oasis. Starr and his friend Keith Moon, the original drummer for The Who, had encouraged his interest from an early age. Starr and his second wife Barbara Bach have been married since 1981.
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