Ringo Starr Quotes

Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey)

Born: 7 July 1940, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Born to a candy maker, “Richie” didn’t have a sweet youth. At six he had appendicitis, complications put him in a coma. At thirteen he developed chronic pleurisy which required two years of hospitalization. He was so far behind in school as a result that he had no chance to completing standard public education. It also left him with enduring allergies and food sensitivities, like George Harrison he is a vegetarian, but because he can’t eat meat. In 1957 he joined his first skiffle band, in 1959 he joined the Raving Texans and adopted the name Ringo Starr because it sounded “cowboyish”. While performing at Hamburg, Germany in 1960 he met the Beatles, playing with them three times over the next two years. He was asked to join the band in the summer of 1962, a staff change that led to angry protests from Beatles fans. He generally sang one song on each studio album, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote songs specifically to suit his baritone range. Ringo wrote very few songs, the others felt that what he did write sounded too much like the work of others, but his occasional malapropisms such as “a hard day’s night” and “tomorrow never knows” became inspiration for the others, and he contributed to lyrics. He did write “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”, the latter during a two-week period when he had quit the band. Challenged by being a left-handed drummer in a world of right-handed drum kits he was sometimes faulted for technical issues in his drumming, but the consensus of other drummers is that he was an excellent creative drummer and was one of the first rock drummers to significantly contribute to the sound of their bands’ songs rather than being known for drum soli. He was sometimes called “the funny Beatle” and Lennon said he was “the heart of the Beatles”. Since the breakup of the group he has continued to record, he participated in solo albums by all three of the other members as well as with numerous other musicians. He is the only Beatle not to be knighted, and so far the only one to not be individually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It seems likely that he will be inducted, at which point the Beatles will be the only band to have been inducted as a group and to have all members inducted for their solo work. His comments about the royal family suggest that he will not be knighted.

Ringo Starr quotes:

America: It’s like Britain, only with buttons.
    Ringo Starr

And in a marriage you can’t TRY and be married. You’re married or you’re not married.
    Ringo Starr

And so we went away to play, and we’d come back to Liverpool. And while we were doing this – ‘cuz we did it for two years. And then we’d go to Germany, and that’s where I met the Beatles.
    Ringo Starr

As far as I’m concerned, in my head, I’m 24.
    Ringo Starr – Dave Itzkoff interview for The New York Times (July 2010)

Being on this quest for a long time, it’s all about finding yourself. For me, God is in my life. I don’t hide from that. I think the search has been on since the ’60s. I stepped off the path there for many years and found my way (back) onto it, thank God.
    Ringo Starr

Do you remember when everyone began analyzing Beatles songs? I don’t think I ever understood what some of them were supposed to be about.
    Ringo Starr

Drumming is my middle name.
    Ringo Starr – “Drumming Is My Madness” from Stop And Smell The Roses (1981)

Everything government touches turns to crap.
    Ringo Starr

Forty was ‘oh God, 40’. There’s that damn song, Life Begins At 40. No, it’s not so big anymore. I am nearly 70, and I’d love to be nearly 40, but that’s never going to happen. I feel the older I get, the more I’m learning to handle life.
    Ringo Starr

Gene Autry was the most. It may sound like a joke — go and have a look in my bedroom, it’s covered with Gene Autry posters — he was my first musical influence.
    Ringo Starr

George was getting alot of independence for himself in those days. He was writing more, and wanted things to go his way, where, when we first started things basically went John and Paul’s way. You know, ‘cuz they were the writers.
    Ringo Starr

Got to pay your dues if you want to sing the blues
And you know it don’t come easy.
    Ringo Starr – “It Don’t Come Easy” (written with George Harrison)

I couldn’t put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would’ve stayed with the band.
    Ringo Starr

I do believe that the Vatican have better things to deal with than forgiving the Beatles.
    Ringo Starr – Dave Itzkoff interview for The New York Times (July 2010)

I don’t like talking. It’s how I’m built. Some people gab all day and some play it smogo. I don’t mind talking or smiling, it’s just I don’t do it very much. I haven’t got a smiling face or a talking mouth.
    Ringo Starr

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