Ringo Starr quotes page 1
Ringo Starr, the drummer for The Beatles, was born July 7, 1940. Starr's real name
is Richard Starky Jr, however, he preferred his stage name for his band appearances. Starr's childhood is one
riddled with misfortune and illness. In fact, Starr fell behind academically by the age of 8 when compared to other
students, due to all of his medical misfortunes, which included a stay in the hospital for appendicitis and a
hospital stay of 2 years for tuberculosis. It was during his time in the hospital that Starr developed a fondness
for the drums. Despite his family encouraging him on other instruments, the drums were the only love for Starr.
Starr was a member of several bands before The Beatles that had various levels of success. In 1962 Starr replaced
the previous drummer for The Beatles. Starr is often still considered to be one of the most famous members of The
Beatles due to his performances, and his critically acclaimed parts in movies that the Beatles appeared in. After
the breakup of the Beatles, Starr went on to record several solo albums and appeared on many other people's albums.
He was also known for his humanitarian work. He also was the voice for Thomas and the Train series. Starr is a
Member of the Order of the British Empire, and is going to be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
The Beatles were just four guys that loved each other. That's all they'll ever be.
Everything government touches turns to crap.
I hope the fans will take up meditation instead of drugs.
We will miss George for his sense of love, his sense of music and his sense of
- Do you date much?
- What are you doing tonight?
I've had enough of the royal family. 'bout time they went on holiday and stayed there.
I met The Beatles while we were playing in Germany. We'd seen them in Liverpool, but they
were a nothing little band then, just putting it together. In fact, they weren't really a band at
Of course I'm ambitious. What's wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.
There's a woman in the United States who predicted the plane we were traveling on would
crash. Now, a lot of people would like to think we were scared into saying a prayer. What we
did actually - we drank.
People only look at me as a Beatle, but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how
life works, but it's not bugging me anymore.
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- How do you find America?
- Turn left at Greenland.
Ringo Starr, 1964
I couldn't put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading
out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would've stayed with the band.
I got involved with a lot of different medications, and you can listen to my records go downhill
as the amount of medication went up.
Do you remember when everyone began analyzing Beatles songs? I don't think I ever
understood what some of them were supposed to be about.
And in a marriage you can't try and be married. You're married or you're not married.
I like Beethoven, especially the poems.
I used to wish that I could write songs, like the others; and I've tried, but I just can't.
I've never really done anything to create what has happened. It creates itself. I'm here
because it happened. But I didn't do anything to make it happen apart from saying "Yes."
Well I'm getting happier all the time, which is very nice.
I am a big Beatles fan. And, you know, unbeknownst to anyone, I used to be one. But I have
no problems of putting titles and lines from other songs in my songs, because they're great
lines and great titles.
Let us see them do something good for Britain. Build a hospital. And that Diana memorial? It's
such a lot of crap. She deserved more than that, in my opinion.
I don't collect any memorabilia. I wish I'd have kept everything I had. But who knew you had
to keep it. Just gave it away. And we lost so much and we didn't look after a lot of it. I
believe Paul's got everything he ever had, but I lost a lot of mine.
I don't like talking. It's how I'm built. Some people gab all day and some play it smogo. I don't
mind talking or smiling, it's just I don't do it very much. I haven't got a smiling face or a
That's all drugs and alcohol do, they cut off your emotions in the end.
I never studied anything, really. I didn't study the drums. I joined bands and made all the
mistakes on stage.
The saddest part is that, years and years later, we found out that Elvis Presley tried to have
us banished from America, because he was very big with the FBI. That's very sad to me, that
he felt so threatened that he thought, like a lot of people, that we were bad for American
youth. This is Mr. Hips, the man, and he felt we were a danger. I think that the danger was
mainly to him and his career.
I'm not a violent man, but I was getting violent. It was just painful, waking up in the morning
and finding yourself drinking again.
The second side of Abbey Road is my favorite.
That was a great time. I was in my 20s, had lots of energy. I have great memories of it.
I do believe that the Vatican have better things to deal with than forgiving the Beatles.
George was getting a lot of independence for himself in those days. He was writing more, and
wanted things to go his way, where, when we first started things basically went John and
Paul's way. You know, 'cuz they were the writers.