Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey) got his start drumming for another Liverpool group -- Rory Storm and the Hurricanes -- before he was asked to step into Pete Best's vacant spot in the Beatles in 1962. But unlike his bandmates, Starr rarely contributed songs, and his lead vocals were mostly shoehorned into goofy covers like 'Act Naturally' and goofy Beatles originals like 'Octopus's Garden.' After the Beatles broke up in 1970, Starr, like his bandmates, launched a solo career, peaking with a pair of No. 1 singles in 1973 -- 'Photograph' and 'You're Sixteen,' both of which featured assistance by his old pals -- as well as a No. 2 album, 'Ringo.' Starr has also acted in movies ('Give My Regards to Broad Street') and TV ('Shining Time Station'). He continues to tour with his revolving All-Starr Band.
How Ringo Starr's 'Ringo' Became a Partial Beatles Reunion
At this point, he'd yet to record a proper pop album as a solo artist.
How George, Ringo, John and Paul Each Left the Beatles
All four Beatles left the band at some point in the last 18 months of their existence.
Watch Peter Jackson's Music Video for the Beatles' 'Now and Then'
It's the last ever Beatles song to be released.
Listen to the Last Ever Beatles Song, 'Now and Then'
All four members of the band can be heard on the newly completed track.
Watch a Short Documentary Film About the Beatles' 'Now and Then'
Behind the making of the last ever Beatles song.
Beatles Announce Release Date for Last Song, 'Now and Then'
Track was made using an old demo tape of John Lennon's.
55 Years Ago: Ringo Starr Briefly Quits the Beatles
First signs they were coming apart happened during sessions for the White Album.