BeatlesMall.com Richard Starkey was born on Jul 7th 1940 at Dingle, Liverpool. When he was 3 years old, his parents Elsie and Richard Starkey split and his mother married Harry Graves. His step-father encouraged him to to take up music. In his teens he formed his first Skiffle band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group. In 1959 he changed his name to Ringo Starr after all the rings that he wore, and joined the Raving Texans, soon to be renamed Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.  Whilst drumming with the band in Hamburg he was introduced to the Beatles. So when did Ringo join the Beatles? On his return to the UK he deputised for the Beatles drummer Pete Best, eventually replacing him in 1962. Although not the front man, Ringo contributed to many of the albums, taking lead vocals on "Octopus's Garden", "Yellow Submarine" and "With a Little Help From My Friends" From his childhood days, Ringo suffered from poor health. This accounted for him having to be replaced by a substitute drummer during the Beatles world tour in 1964, missing the Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Adelaide concerts.   Ringo is accredited with influencing many of today's drummers including Phil Collins and Dave Grohl. Following the demise of the Beatles in 1970 Ringo went on to have 2 US solo hits, "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen", along with close runners "It Don't Come Easy" and "Back off Boogaloo". Over the years he contributed to further projects with both George, John and Paul. Outside of the music industry Ringo found a niche for himself as the narrator of "Thomas the Tank Engine". Ringo married Maureen Cox in Feb 1965, producing 3 children, Zak, Jason and Lee. Maureen died from leukaemia in 1984. He met Barbara Bach, a "Bond Girl" and they married on Apr 27 1981. Ringo Starr © ITtoU Services Ltd 2012