July 7th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Ringo Starr on peace, love and turning 72

Dancing and playing drums on stage for 55 years has been kind to musician Ringo Starr. On Saturday he turned 72, and as Starr has advocated for the past five years, he encourages everyone to pursue "peace and love" on "the seventh of the seventh" this July.

It's a lifestyle he advocates in the first track on his new album, "Ringo 2012," called "Anthem," which Starr identifies as an anthem for peace and love.

One of two living members of the Beatles and winner of nine Grammy Awards, Starr is on the road touring with the All Starr band. The band, formed in 1989, features a rotation of celebrity musicians. The current grouping is the 13th version of the band.

"Everybody has to have a hit to be in the band," he told CNN. "We have a very cool lineup, and it's a diverse lineup. But when you put it all together, it works, and I don’t know that when it starts."

The All Starr Band includes Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie from Santana, Steve Lukather from Toto, Richard Page from Mr. Mister with saxophonist Mark Rivera and drummer Gregg Bissonette.

With friends such as these, the show's set lists are rolling out hits like "Rosanna," "Broken Wings," "Hello It's Me," and "Black Magic Woman," in addition to Starr's hits on his own and with The Beatles. The tour also includes promoting his 17th solo studio recording, "Ringo 2012."

In addition to advocating peace and love, Starr is also passionate about helping endangered rhinos.

"The rhinos go back to the 70s, actually," he says. "Keith Moon and I were friends and we both loved rhinos. I had two life-sized rhinos made. I gave him one and I had one, just being one of those animals that I feel an affinity to. And the idea that they kill a 3-ton animal to get that horn for the reasons we know is incredibly insane."

Starr also catches up with former band mate Paul McCartney. While most of their conversations aren't about "the old days," as both are actively involved in their solo careers, Starr still feels the reverberations of the music they made as Beatles.

"The music we made is still important," Starr said. "The kids are still learning about our music all these years later. We left a great legacy. Every generation listens to The Beatles. We’re still outselling most acts!"

Read more about Starr's life.

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Ringo Starr's life in pictures


Birth date: July 7, 1940

Birth place: Liverpool, England

Birth name: Richard Starkey Jr.

Parents: Richard Sr. and Elsie (Gleave) Starkey, both worked in a bakery

Marriages: Barbara Bach (April 27, 1981 – present)

Maureen Cox (February 11, 1965 – July 1975, divorce)

Children: with Cox:  Zak, Jason and Lee (daughter)

Other Facts:

The nickname "Ringo" came from his habit of wearing numerous rings.

Suffered from serious illnesses throughout childhood, spending one year in the hospital because of peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy.

Quit school at the age of 15 to become a messenger for British Railways. After losing his job, he found work as a professional drummer.

Paul McCartney has appeared on several of Starr's solo albums, including Vertical Man (1998) and Y Not (2010).

Starr was the first Beatle to score seven consecutive Top 10 singles.


1957 – 1962 – Plays drums for several bands in the Liverpool area, including Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

August 18, 1962 – Becomes the drummer for the Beatles, officially replacing Pete Best.

1962 – The Beatles are signed by EMI-Parlophone and release their first record.

1963 – Beatlemania hits England as the group has four No. 1 hits.

January 3, 1964 – The Beatles make their U.S. television debut, in a film clip on “The Jack Paar Show.”

February 9, 1964 – They appear live on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

April 13, 1965 – The Beatles win two Grammy Awards, one for Best Performance by a Vocal Group and one for Best New Artist of 1964.

August 15, 1965 – The Beatles play for a crowd of 55,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York.

October 26, 1965 – Queen Elizabeth II names The Beatles members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

August 29, 1966 – Last scheduled Beatles concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

1968 – Starr acts in the movie “Candy.”

February 29, 1968 – The Beatles win two Grammy Awards for “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”: Song of the Year and Best Contemporary Album.

May 14, 1968 – Apple Corps Ltd. is formed to manage the Beatles' business affairs.

1969 – Starr has a part in the movie “The Magic Christian.”

January 31, 1969 – The Beatles play an impromptu concert on the roof of the Apple building in London, their last live performance together.

April 10, 1970 – Paul McCartney announces that the Beatles have broken up.

March 16, 1971 – The Beatles win a Grammy for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special for “Let it Be.”

April 15, 1971 – The Beatles win an Academy Award for Original Song Score for “Let it Be.”

1973 – Starr has two No. 1 hits: “Photograph” and “You're Sixteen.”

1981 – Starr plays part in the movie “Caveman” with future wife Barbara Bach.

January 20, 1988 – The Beatles are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1988 – Starr spends five weeks in a clinic being treated for alcoholism.

1989 – Starr forms the All Starr Band, with a rotating group of celebrity musicians.

1991 – Starr receives an award from BMI, for 1 million broadcasts of the song, “It Don't Come Easy.”

December 1995 – The Beatles release a new single, “Free as a Bird,” their first new song in 25 years. John Lennon started it before his death in 1980.

February 26, 1997 – “Free as a Bird” wins two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Music Video-Short Form, and “Anthology” wins one for Best Music Video.

2008 – Starr accepts the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards on behalf of the Beatles for more than 100 million records sold.

February 8, 2010 – He receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Major Awards:

Academy Award (1 nomination/1 win)

1971 – Wins, as part of The Beatles, Best Music, Original Song Score for "Let It Be" from the documentary "Let It Be" (1970).

Grammy Award – The Beatles (7 wins/23 total nominations)

1964 – Wins Best New Artist Of 1964

1964 – Wins Best Performance By a Vocal Group for “Hard Day's Night”

1967 – Wins Best Contemporary Album for “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”

1967 – Wins Album of the Year for “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”

1996 – Wins Best Music Video, Long Form for “The Beatles Anthology”

1996 – Wins Best Music Video, Short Form for “Free as a Bird”

1996 – Wins Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Free as a Bird”

Solo (2 wins/4 total nominations)

1970 – Wins Best Original Score Written For a Motion Picture or a Television Special for "Let It Be." Each member of The Beatles earns an individual Grammy.

1972 – Wins Album of the Year for The Concert for Bangladesh

1990 – Nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Act Naturally” with Buck Owens

2008 – Nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for “Ringo 5.1 The Surround Sound Collection”



Please Please Me, 1963

With The Beatles, 1963

A Hard Day's Night, 1964

Beatles For Sale, 1964

Help!, 1965

Rubber Soul, 1965

Revolver, 1966

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

Magical Mystery Tour, 1967

The Beatles [White Album], 1968

Yellow Submarine, 1969

Abbey Road, 1969

Let It Be, 1970

(Post Beatles)

Sentimental Journey, 1970

Beaucoups of Blues, 1970

Ringo, 1973

Goodnight Vienna, 1974

Blast from Your Past, 1975

Ringo's Rotogravure, 1976

Ringo the Fourth, 1977

Scouse the Mouse, 1977

Bad Boy, 1978

Stop and Smell the Roses, 1981

Stay Awake, 1988

Starr Struck, 1989

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, 1990 – Live

Time Takes Time, 1992

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Vol. 2, 1993 – Live

Live from Montreux, 1993

Old Wave, 1994

Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band, 1997 – Live

VH1 Storytellers, 1998

Vertical Man, 1998

I Wanna Be Santa Claus, 1999

Ringo Rama, 2003

Tour 2003 – Live

Choose Love, 2005

Ringo Starr & Friends, 2006 – Live

Live at Soundstage, 2007 – Live

Liverpool 8, 2008

Live on Tour, 2008 – Live

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Live 2006, 2008

Y Not, 2010

Ringo 2012, 2012

Filmography (selected):

Hard Day's Night, 1964

Help!, 1965

Yellow Submarine, 1968

Candy, 1968

The Magic Christian, 1969

Commonwealth, 1970

Let it Be, 1970

200 Motels, 1971

Blindman (also known as Il Cieco and Il Pistolero Cieco) 1972

That'll Be the Day, 1974

Lisztomania, 1975

Sextette, 1978

Caveman, 1981

Give My Regards to Broad Street, 1984

To the North of Katmandu, 1986


(TV films)

Ringo, 1978

The Cooler, 1982

Princess Daisy, 1983

Alice in Wonderland, 1985

Shining Time Station Christmas: 'Tis a Gift, 1990

(TV series), (voice)

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, 1985-91

Shining Time Station, 1990-91


Postcards from the Boys, 2003

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. @Unknown

    I see that you have been working hard and avoiding a call, text message, and an email. I'm not a threat to your wife or family, just think you are so awesome. You know what you could do as I know should ofs are different. You might be pleasantly surprised.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. carbide scribe

    What is the matter with Europe? 730 billion euros is nothing.
    We printed our way out of danger to the tune of 3.5 trillion dollars.
    Hoard food, water and duck tape. The end is near.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the WORLD

    July 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Henry

    Grow up. The only hostile one is the onew who is trying to hijack our names.
    Please seek help for your own ident ity problems.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    People of the World and Ringo Starr,
    Happy 72nd Birthday may you have another 53 Birthdays in good health!My regards to Sir Paul.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    There is no hostility in giving an entreaty for someone to grow up, nor were there any language that can be construed as "such language".
    Oh, and one more thing:
    Grow up.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Nope, my name being in blue has nothing to do with anythingn but if you leave, that'd be great.
    Oh, and by the way, Henry Kenny little mister Rogers:
    Grow up.
    Not one person is fooled by your nonsense.
    It bears repeating:
    Grow up.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Kenny, Little Mister, and Henry are all the same. I am not taking the bait on the anger management passive aggressive comment. You know very well that it is you hijacking names. I really don't care what you think of me but at the least do not hijack. Read the TOS and the Privacy Policy.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good Lord, you'd think it would get old, but one thing still needs to be pointed out:
      It needs to grow up.
      Oh, yes, it seems inordinately fond of pepperoni pizza.

      July 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      People who hijack names are spineless spineless puds

      July 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yes, they are, Mickey1313, and I think we can see who has been doing it.
      And grow up.

      Kenny Rogers:
      How odd. I've NEVER seen your name get jacked, ever.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I meant, of course, for the person doing it to grow up, not Mickey1313.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ericgoestoholland

      So much for Mr. Starr's wishes for peace and love.

      July 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Eric, if you have ever had your name hijacked day in and day out, you might begin to understand my plea for the person who trolls and hijacks to grow up.
      It tedious, it's tiring, and it happens Every. Single. Day.
      Would you like to see ericgoestoholland with a bunch of garbage posted under it every single day when you haven't even posted yet?

      July 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    @Mickey1313, thank you!

    July 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. patstarr

    isnt the topic of this blog Ringo Starr and the Beatles? You guys are jerks! what the hell do you know about the Beatles you were not even born yet

    July 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    @Kenny, what's going on with you? The only one babbling is you and your chorus of trolls.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Yes, it was, until someone came on and hijacked our names.
    I think not.
    If you read through the posts, you will have seen what I have written about The Beatles, and Ringo Starr.
    Oh, and guess what I have?
    Yep, the original "Yesterday...and Today"'Butcher Cover' album.
    Now THAT puppy is prit near gold for me.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    No means no.
    Learn it, live it.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    @Patricia L, we are far from kids but we are getting fed up with the ones who steal names. Yesterday is classic.

    July 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. little mister

    I'm right here, Kenny. Thank you for being my best friend in the whole wide world. I won't tell anybody that youmewe are the same person.

    July 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
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