Drummer for The Beatles, maybe that’s the best gig in the history of music? Born Richard Starkey in Liverpool in 1940, he had a “Dickensian” childhood plagued by poverty, illness and learning disabilities. He started playing drums while recovering from tuberculosis in a sanitarium in 1953. He didn’t return to school, and stayed at home, hitting cookie tins with sticks. Starkey got interested in 1950s “skiffle” bands, which lead to him taking a job as drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes - and adopting the name Ringo Starr. Ringo first met The Beatles at a gig in Hamburg on October 1, 1960, then first played with Lennon, McCartney and Harrison on October 15, 1960. He joined the band in August of 1962 and that was that: Albums, movies, singles, touring with the most popular rock and roll band of all time. After The Beatles broke up in 1970, Ringo had a solid recording career, including the singles It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, You’re Sixteen and Back Off Boogaloo. Starkey has never forgotten his difficult childhood and practices philanthropy whenever and however he can.