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Happy 74th Birthday, Richard Starkey  (Born July 7, 1940)

Today is a special day! Our wonderful and lovable Ringo Starr was born 74 years ago today (: I want to wish Ringo the best of birthdays, and tell him that he is very loved and appreciated by all his fans all over the world. Thank you for all you’ve ever done for us Richie, we love you to death. You have made us smile, laugh, and feel joy with your incredible wits, music, and great personality. You make the world a better place just by being here. Ringo has said multiple times that his only wish on his birthday is for people to say (more like shout), “PEACE AND LOVE!” at the top of their lungs and just spread peace and love all over the world. And that is exactly what I plan to do on his birthday and every other day too. We love you Richie, have a beautiful day! xxx -Desi

RICHARD STARKEY

♋ July 7th, 1940 ♋ 

77 years ago on this day, legend has it that the birth of a Liverpool lad rocked the world so to its core that it started the first world war? A poor boy born in the Dingle of Liverpool in the 1940’s had not much of a future other than to become a product of his own poverty. Illness, family troubles, and social class tried to beat him down but against all odds, this lad would always outshine his trials and tribulations and showed the world that you must be your own hero. The drumbeat in his heart would become the backbeat of his band, a reliable and irresistible mate that always wanted to support his friends in making their dreams come true. Just like his drumming, he is a steady, friendly, simple, yet meticulous man who is loved by so many everywhere. So famous for his alias, you might have even forgotten it’s not his real name! We wanted him to be president in 1964 and tried again in 2016 but he’s just too cool to be a political leader. He digs peace and love and is able to bring nations together with his music so maybe we should make him president of the United Nations instead? He is the BEST drummer in the Beatles (John and Paul what?), the funny Beatle, the chill Beatle, but most of all, he is the most loved of the bunch, regardless of what anyone says. He’s most definitely a STARR in so many ways but to me, he’ll always be a galaxy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO!!!  WE LOVE YOU!!! ❤❤❤❤

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The Beatles Moodboards: Ringo Starr

Born 7 July 1940, English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, including “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and their cover of “Act Naturally”. He also wrote the Beatles’ songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”, and is credited as a co-writer of others, including “What Goes On” and “Flying”.

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me: Richard Starkey, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English drummer, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles. He occasionally sang lead vocals, usually for one song on an album, including “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Good Night”, and their cover of “Act Naturally”. He also wrote the Beatles’ songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden”, and is credited as a co-writer of others, including “What Goes On” and “Flying”. Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during childhood, and he fell behind in school as a result of prolonged hospitalisations. In 1955, he entered the workforce and briefly held a position with British Rail before securing an apprenticeship at a Liverpool equipment manufacturer. Soon afterwards, he became interested in the UK skiffle craze, developing a fervent admiration for the genre. In 1957, he cofounded his first band, the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group, which earned several prestigious local bookings before the fad succumbed to American rock and roll by early 1958. When the Beatles were formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool group, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. After achieving moderate success with that band in the UK and Hamburg, he quit the Hurricanes and joined the Beatles in August 1962, replacing Pete Best. Starr played key roles in the Beatles’ films and appeared in numerous others. After the band’s break-up in 1970, he released several successful singles including the US number four hit “It Don’t Come Easy”, and number ones “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen”. In 1972, he released his most successful UK single, “Back Off Boogaloo”, which peaked at number two. He achieved commercial and critical success with his 1973 album Ringo, which was a top ten release in both the UK and the US. He has been featured in a number of documentaries and hosted television shows. He also narrated the first two series of the children’s television programme Thomas & Friends and portrayed “Mr Conductor” during the first season of the PBS children’s television series Shining Time Station. Since 1989, he has toured with twelve variations of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Starr’s creative contribution to music has received praise from other drummers such as Phil Collins, who described him as “a great musician”, and Steve Smith, who commented: “Before Ringo, drum stars were measured by their soloing ability and virtuosity. Ringo’s popularity brought forth a new paradigm … we started to see the drummer as an equal participant in the compositional aspect … His parts are so signature to the songs that you can listen to a Ringo drum part without the rest of the music and still identify the song.” He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. Starr, who was previously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988, was inducted for his solo career in 2015, making him one of 21 performers inducted more than once.

Richard Starkey is better known as Ringo Starr, the drummer of the Beatles. Born in Liverpool on July 7, 1940, Ringo suffered two serious illnesses at age six. First, his appendix ruptured, leaving him in a coma for ten weeks. After six months in recovery, he fell out of the hospital bed, necessitating an additional six-month hospital stay. After spending a total of three years in a hospital, he was considerably behind in school. He dropped out after his last visit to the hospital at age 15, barely able to read or write. While working at an engineering firm, 17-year-old Starkey joined a band and taught himself to play the drums. His stepfather bought him his first real drum set, and Ringo sat in with a variety of bands, eventually joining Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He changed his name to Ringo Starr, joined the Beatles in 1962, and is now one of the best-known drummers in history. https://www.instagram.com/p/BWQJuh1lSB3/

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Born on this day: July 7, 1940 - Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey in Liverpool, UK). Happy 77th Birthday, Ringo!!

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Happy 69th anniversary, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter!

After growing up near each other in Plains, Georgia, Jimmy and Rosalynn first started dating while he was serving at the United States Naval Academy​ in Annapolis, Maryland. After their first date, Jimmy stated plainly, “She’s the girl I want to marry.“

The future President and First Lady of the United States were married a year later, on July 7, 1946, in a ceremony in Plains. Throughout their lives, the pair has worked together in politics and championing human rights, working closely with the Carter Center​, which they co-founded in 1982, next to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library​. In 1999, they were both awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor.

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