ringo-starr-77Today is about Ringo Starr, the fab Beatle,  the drummer, the artist, the actor, the genius, the mentor.

Let’s celebrate Ringo by discovering 10 new facts about him:

1.He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, including “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and their cover of “Act Naturally”.

2. He also wrote the Beatles’ songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”, and is credited as a co-writer of others, including “What Goes On” and “Flying”.

3. Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during childhood, and as a result of prolonged hospitalizations fell behind in school.

4. In 1955, he entered the workforce and briefly held a position with British Rail before securing an apprenticeship at a Liverpool equipment manufacturer.

5. Became interested in the UK skiffle craze, developing a fervent admiration for the genre. In 1957, he cofounded his first band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, which earned several prestigious local bookings before the fad succumbed to American rock and roll by early 1958.

6. After the band’s break-up in 1970, he released several successful singles including the US number four hit “It Don’t Come Easy”, and number ones “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen”.

7.  In 1972, he released his most successful UK single, “Back Off Boogaloo”, which peaked at number two.

8. Since 1989, he has toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.

9. He narrated the first two series of the children’s television programme Thomas & Friends and portrayed “Mr Conductor” during the first season of the PBS children’s television series Shining Time Station.

10. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time.

Source: Boomsbeat.com

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