“The Beatles” drummer Ringo Starr officially celebrated his 82nd birthday on Thursday, July 7!
Ringo was born Richard Starkey on July 7, 1940. The English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor is best known as the drummer for the Beatles.
Did You Know These Fun Facts About Ringo Starr!
Even though he’s best known as a drummer, Ringo Starr occasionally sang lead vocals on one song on each album, like “Yellow Submarine.” Ringo also wrote and sang the popular songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden.”
Sadly, Ringo suffered from several life-threatening illnesses throughout his childhood and was frequently hospitalized. Despite this, Ringo held a position with the British Rail before getting an apprenticeship as a machinist at a Liverpool school equipment manufacturer.
In 1957, Ringo co-founded his first band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group but later joined another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, by the time The Beatles formed in 1960. In August 1962, The Beatles asked them to replace Pete Best as their drummer and the rest is history!
After the band broke up about a decade later, Ringo released several successful singles on his own, such as “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph.” In 1973, he released his album Ringo, which was a top ten hit in both the US and the UK.
Ringo has also been featured in numerous documentaries, hosted television shows, and even narrated the first two series of the children’s television program “Thomas & Friends.” He also portrayed “Mr. Conductor” during the first season of the PBS children’s television series “Shining Time Station. In 1989, he founded Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band and has toured around the world.
In 1999, Ringo was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: first as a member of The Beatles in 1988 and then again as a solo artist in 2015. Ringo was also appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for his contributions to music.
On Thursday, plenty of fans and famous friends took to social media to wish him a happy 82nd birthday!
Fans Of ‘The Beatles’ Join The Beatles In Wishing Ringo A Happy Birthday!
Peace to the world on Ringo’s birthday. Same day as my Dad. Two very special men!
Love Paul x pic.twitter.com/4QtCQRNBrE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 7, 2022
Paul McCartney tweeted, “Peace to the world on Ringo’s birthday. Same day as my Dad. Two very special men! Love Paul x.”
— John Lennon ☮️🏳️ (@johnlennon) July 7, 2022
The John Lennon Twitter account wished Ringo a happy birthday, sending, “Peace and Love from Yoko, Sean, and everyone at Studio One.”
Happy Birthday, @ringostarrmusic!
Peace and love. pic.twitter.com/gZgYnfw6KW
— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) July 7, 2022
The George Harrison Twitter account also joined John Lennon in wishing Ringo a happy birthday!
— The Beatles (@thebeatles) July 7, 2022
The Beatles page also wished Ringo a happy birthday, along with a short video with some of their favorite memories of the drummer.
Happy 82nd Birthday to the legend himself, Ringo Starr! 🎉 🎂 🎁
He was the narrator for the first two seasons of Thomas the Tank Engine, played Mr Conductor in Shining Time Station, and a member of one of the most iconic bands of all time!🎙🎥 🥁
Peace and Love mate! ✌️☮️ pic.twitter.com/bzrukwKFQc
— MC3801 Productions 🚂 (@3801Productions) July 7, 2022
One fan tweeted several snaps of Ringo, along with some of his best accomplishments. They wished him a happy birthday, adding, “Peace and Love mate!”
“They say it’s your Birthday!” A big Happy Birthday to Sir Ringo Starr MBE, born #OTD 1940.
— Stars and Cars (@Superstar_Cars) July 7, 2022
Another fan posted a throwback photo of a young Ringo “with his fabulous Facel II.”
Happy birthday @RingoStarrMusic!
Incredible drummer and invaluable part of the Abbey Road story, Ringo worked on The Beatles’ albums here and also ‘Plastic Ono Band’, ‘All Things Must Pass’, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘Ringo’.
Let’s all say “PEACE & LOVE” at 12PM today! pic.twitter.com/OOXKwVFoET
— Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) July 7, 2022
Abbey Road Studios also wished him a happy birthday and encouraged fans to say “Peace & Love” at noon to celebrate his birthday!