Ringo Starr, the drummer for the British rock band The Beatles, is celebrating his 80th birthday today.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to BBC, Starr will forgo his annual birthday gathering and instead perform a concert on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET today.
“… He will put on a virtual charity concert on YouTube called Ringo’s Big Birthday Show. He’ll be joined by Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E to benefit Black Lives Matter, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid,” reported the BBC.
Starr was the last to join The Beatles. The group was formed in 1960 in Liverpool with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best. Starr joined as the drummer in 1962.
Their first hit was “Love Me Do” in 1962. Beatlemania swept the globe. They acquired the nickname “The Fab Four.”
John Lennon was shot to death in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.
The Beatles are the best-selling music act of all time.
According to biography.com, “was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940, in Liverpool, England. He was an only child, and while his mother doted on him, his father lost interest in family life early on. His parents split up when Starkey was only four, and he never saw much of his father after that. His mother worked as a cleaning woman and then a barmaid to support them.
At age six, Starkey had an appendectomy and then contracted peritonitis, forcing him to live at a local children’s hospital for 12 months while he recovered. This put him considerably behind in school, but just as he caught up (with the help of a tutor), he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and spent the next two years in a sanatorium.
One of the ways the staff tried to distract and occupy their patients was to have them form a band, and it was here where young Starkey first discovered percussion, using a wooden mallet to strike the cabinets next to his bed. From then on, despite musical talent with other instruments, he was a drummer.”
After the breakup, Starr started a solo career that included the albums “Sentimental Journey” in 1970 and “Beaucoup of Blues” in 1971.
According to biography.com, “Starr was the one Beatle who continued to work with each of the others. He drummed on albums for Lennon (as well as Yoko Ono) and Harrison, and he and Harrison co-wrote the hit single ‘It Don’t Come Easy,’ for his 1973 album ‘Ringo’.” More solo albums were released over the years.
According to biography.com, Starr is “the richest drummer in the world, with a net worth estimated at $300 million.”
Starr was married to Maureen Cox from 1965 to 1975. She died of leukemia in 1994.
He married his second wife, Barbara Bach in 1981. Starr has three children and multiple grandchildren.
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