Say It's Your Birthday: Ringo Starr

Today is the birthday of Ringo Starr born Richard Starkey on this day on

1940, in Dingle, Liverpool. Starr was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to

1970 and thus one of the most famous musicians of the '60s. Though the least

prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional

singer of good-natured material ("Act Naturally") and as an actor. Upon the

group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first an album

called Sentimental Journey, found him covering pre-rock standards, and

the second Beaucoups of Blues, was a country music collection.

Starr then scored Top 10 hits with two non-album singles, "It Don't Come

Easy" in 1971 and "Back Of Boogaloo" in 1972. In 1973 he paired with producer

Richard Perry and with the assistance from the three other ex-Beatles, made

Ringo which featured two number one hits, "Photograph" and "You're

Sixteen." Starr continued to release albums through 1981, though with

diminishing success. His 1983 album Old Wave did not find a U.S.

distributor. Starr was also suffering from the excesses of his lifestyle, but

by the late '80s he cleaned up his act and in 1989 began touring with his

"All Star Band." It is also the birthday of Warren Entner (former Grass Roots

band member and current manager Faith No More, L7 and Rage Against the

Machine).