Here is a look at the life of Ringo Starr, British musician, former member of the Beatles.
Personal: Birth date: July 7, 1940
Birth place: Liverpool, England
Birth name: Richard Starkey, Jr.
Father: Richard Starkey, Sr. bakery worker
Mother: Elsie (Gleave) Starkey, bakery worker
Marriages: Barbara Bach (April 27, 1981-present); Maureen (Cox) Starkey (February 11, 1965-July 1975, divorce)
Children: with Maureen (Cox) Starkey: Lee (daughter), November 17, 1970; Jason, August 19, 1967; Zak, September 13, 1965
Other Facts: Nominated for 27 and winner of nine Grammy Awards (seven with Beatles/two solo)
Winner of one Academy Award (with the Beatles).
The nickname "Ringo" came from his habit of wearing numerous rings.
Suffered from serious illnesses throughout childhood, spending one year in the hospital due to peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy.
Quit school at the age of 15 to become a messenger for British Railways. After losing his job, he found work as a professional drummer.
Paul McCartney has appeared on several of Starr's solo albums, including "Vertical Man" (1998) and "Y Not" (2010).
Timeline: 1957-1962 - Plays drums for several bands in the Liverpool area, including Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.
August 18, 1962 - Becomes the drummer for the Beatles, officially replacing Pete Best.
1962 - The Beatles are signed by EMI-Parlophone and release their first record.
1963 - Beatlemania hits England as the group has four number one hits.
January 3, 1964 - The Beatles make their U.S. television debut, in a film clip on "The Jack Paar Show."
February 9, 1964 - They appear live on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
April 13, 1965 - The Beatles win two Grammy Awards, one for Best Performance by a Vocal Group and one for Best New Artist of 1964.
August 15, 1965 - The Beatles play for a crowd of 55,000 people at Shea Stadium in New York.
October 26, 1965 - Queen Elizabeth II names the Beatles members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
August 29, 1966 - Last scheduled Beatles concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1968 - Starr acts in the movie "Candy."