He was the drummer in the biggest band in the world, but there was Richard Starkey long before there was Ringo Starr.

The Beatles skinbeater played in several different bands before eventually being the replacement for Pete Best. It was during this time that he started using the moniker Ringo Starr.

The "Ringo" nickname came about because of the rings that he wore on his fingers. As for "Starr," that came about as a shortened version of his last name. Also, Starr had begun billing his drum solos as "Starr Time," and the name stuck. By the time the drummer crossed paths with the Beatles in 1960, he had officially adopted the "Ringo Starr" stage name.