Ringo Solo Career

Ringo Starr Peace Sign

Hey Ringo, how many Beatles are still alive?

In a surprising turnabout, after The Beatles’ break-up, it was actually Ringo who appeared to best find his own niche and establish himself as an all-round showbiz operator. By the end of 1973 he’d managed to direct a movie about “glam-rock” star Marc Bolan and T. Rex entitled Born to Boogie; he’d received terrific reviews for his realistic performance in the 1950s nostalgia film That’ll Be the Day; and he also had a string of hit singles to his name, not to mention an album riding high in the charts.

Simply entitled “Ringo”, this last-named album featured the Starr man performing catchy pop songs, assisted by the skills of Messrs. Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison, as well performances by a multi-talented cast that included Marc Bolan, Harry Nilsson, Martha Reeven, Steve Cropper, Billy Preston, and The Band. The fact that John, George, and Ringo played together on the Lennon song “I’m The Greatest” quickly fueled reunion rumors. To others, the fact that Paul at no point collaborated with John or George confirmed quite the opposite. Still, “I’m The Greatest” was the closest that the world would get to in terms of a Beatles reunion during the 1970s.

Ringo would also prove to be an all-time high in the recording career of the ex-Fab drummer. Thereafter, he attempted to repeat the formula on numerous albums, but the novelty soon wore thin (as did the material suited to Ringo’s voice) and by the early 1980′s , he couldn’t even get his efforts released in Britain or the U.S. Not that he was without friends or things to do.

Shortly after splitting up from Maureen in 1973, Ringo became an international jet-setter, partying all over the world and enjoying his own version of the “lost weekend” in Los Angeles with musical cronies John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and Keith Moon. However, while Hollywood was fun for a while, where do the top glitterati often like to hang out? That’s right, Monte Carlo! Which is where Ringo decided to set up home and become a tax exile. He has since lived in America and Britain with second wife Barbara Bach, but, at the time of writing, Monaco is still their permanent base.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band 1997

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band 1997

In the meantime, while Ringo has continued to drum for other artists, his distinctive voice has lent itself to radio broadcasts, records, television ads, and narration of the hugely successful children’s TV show, “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends”. Also, following his well-publicized and successful battle with alcoholism, Ringo has returned to touring the U.S. and Europe, headlining successful shows with his own “All-Starr” bands.

The featured players in these lineups have ranged from Joe Walsh, Jack Bruce, Billy Preston, Todd Rundgren, Dr. John, and Nils Lofgren, to Levon Helm, Rick Danko, John Entwistle, Clarence Clemons, Jim Keltner , and Zak Starkey. Some take a turn performing their own hit songs, yet inevitably the main man himself, with his unique brand of charm, draws the crowds, proving once and for all that he is more than capable of getting by… with a little help.

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Soledad

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Ramdidar

yes.. (as i always say) they were MORE than mates MORE than brrtehos AND MORE THAN SOUL MATES!! and besides, they were just kids!! my youngest teacher is just 28, AND AT THAT TIME, THE BEATLES WERE ALREADY SPLITIN UP!! so at THAT time, they were max. 23 .and when you are young (like me ) youre just thinkin of your BFFs, and your band, and maybe your girlfriend/boyfriend . BUT NEVER EVER OF A GAY RELATIONSHIP!

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