Ringo Starr After the Beatles

by David Harris

Ringo Starr may be best known as the drummer for the Beatles, but he also had an interesting and varied career once the band broke up in 1970. The least prominent member of the group, Starr continued to sing and act once the band members parted ways, even scoring some top 10 hits on his own.


When the Beatles broke up in 1970, Starr forged ahead and released two albums that year -- "Sentimental Journey," a collection of pre-rock covers, and "Beaucoups of Blues," a collection of country covers. He scored two number one hits with his next album, "Ringo" (1973) in "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen." During this period he continued to work with his former bandmates, playing drums both on George Harrison's double album, "All Things Must Pass," and John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band" record.


Starr continued to release albums throughout the 1970s, but critical and commercial success diminished with each record. By the time he released "Old Wave" in 1983, he was unable to find a distributor in the United States to put out the record. By 1988, both Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, who he met during the filming of bomb "Caveman" in 1980, ended up in rehab because of persistent alcoholism. But by the end of the 1980 Starr formed his "All-Starr Band," a rotating of group of musicians (including Levon Helm and Joe Walsh) with which Starr toured in the coming decades.


In 1990, Starr released "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band..." a compilation of the band's performances featuring covers such as "Raining in My Heart" and "Iko Iko." In 1992, he put out his first solo album in nearly a decade, the well-received "Time Takes Time," which evoked the sound of his former band the Beatles. However, Beatle-mania reignited in 1998 when the "Anthology" series came out and Starr's "Vertical Man" from that year got a boost in sales from the renewed interest.

2000s and Beyond

Starr continued making music in the 2000s, putting out two studio records and continuing to the tour with his All-Starr band, this time featuring Edgar Winter, Billy Squier, Colin Hay and Sheila E. In 2010, Starr put out his 14th studio album, titled "Y Not." The record featured a variety of famous guests including Joe Walsh, Joss Stone, Richard Marx and Starr's old bandmate Paul McCartney on single "Walk with You." In 2011, Starr played shows in Europe and South America and said that he is working on an autobiographical record about Liverpool.

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