Happy Birthday Ringo, 76 today.
15 good reasons to love Ringo Starr. He was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him.
1- Immediately after joining The Beatles in 1962, Ringo shaved off his beard and restyled his hair into a mop top.
2- Ringo grew up watching around three Westerns every week.
3- On September 17, 1974, Ringo announced that over the next year he was going to campaign against young people taking drugs.
4- After John Lennon died, Ringo and his wife, Barbara, went to visit Yoko Ono. When Yoko insisted that she only wanted to see Ringo, Ringo retorted: “Look, it was you who started all this. We’re both coming in.” Yoko relented.
5- On December 25, 1972, Keith Moon dressed up as Santa Claus and surprised Ringo and his first wife, Maureen Starkey, by arriving at their house on a sleigh pulled by reindeer. Keith couldn’t afford to pay for the prank, so Ringo ended up covering the bill.
6- Ringo was named “Ringo” because he enjoyed wearing rings. The name “Starr” originates from his time playing with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes (his first band), where he had his own featured slot called “Starr time.” His real name is Richard Starkey.
7- Some of the Beatles’s songs sung by Ringo, such as 'Yellow Submarine' and 'With a Little Help from My Friends', were written by Lennon and McCartney specifically to feature Ringo’s baritone voice.
8- “He was the most influential Beatle”, Yoko Ono recently claimed.
9- He wrote and sung 'Don't Pass Me By'.
10- Ringo was always considered the best of The Beatles when it came to acting, because he was the most natural on screen.
11- He celebrated his 70th with a big concert in NewYork with his friends and his fans, Macca first in line!
12- In October 2008 he asked fans to stop sending him fanmail and things to sign. 'It's going to be tossed,'I'm warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing. Anyway, peace and love, peace and love.' He said.
13- Ringo will be celebrating his 76th birthday (today July 7, 2016) at Capitol Records in Los Angeles at Noon PST inviting his fans from around the world joining the celebration and sharing a message of #PeaceAndLove at noon their local time.
14- In 2015 he was finally accepted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — the last Beatle to be inducted.
15- Ringo played the role of the Pope in the film Lisztomania, which starred The Who’s Roger Daltrey.