Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrates his 80th birthday today with virtual concert on YouTube

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Ringo Starr, drummer for British rock band The Beatles, turns 80 today.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to BBC, Starr will forgo his annual birthday party and instead perform on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET today.

“… He will be hosting a virtual charity concert on YouTube called Ringo’s Big Birthday Show.” He will be joined by Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E to benefit Black Lives Matter, the David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid, ”the BBC reported.

Starr was the last to join the Beatles. The group was formed in 1960 in Liverpool with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best. Starr joined as a drummer in 1962.

Their first hit was “Love Me Do” in 1962. Beatlemania swept the world. They acquired the nickname “The Fab Four”.

John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980. Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.

The Beatles are the best-selling musical act of all time.

According to biography.comRichard Starkey was born on July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England. He was an only child, and while his mother loved him, his father lost interest in family life early on. His parents separated when Starkey was only four, and he never saw much of his father after that. His mother worked as a cleaning lady and then as a waitress to support them.

At the age of six, Starkey had an appendectomy and then contracted peritonitis, forcing him to live in a local children’s hospital for 12 months while he recovered. This put him considerably behind in school, but just as he caught up (with the help of a tutor) he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and spent the next two years in a sanatorium.

One of the ways the staff tried to distract and occupy their patients was to get them to form a group, and it was here that young Starkey first discovered percussion, using a wooden mallet. to hit the wardrobes next to his bed. From then on, despite his musical talent with other instruments, he was a drummer.

After the breakup, Starr began a solo career which included the albums “Sentimental Journey” in 1970 and “Many of Blues” in 1971.

According to biography.com, “Starr was the only Beatle who continued to work with each other. He has performed on albums for Lennon (as well as Yoko Ono) and Harrison, and he and Harrison co-wrote the hit single “It Don’t Come Easy”, for his 1973 album “Ringo”. More solo albums have been released over the years.

According to biography.com, Starr is “the richest drummer in the world, with an estimated net worth of $ 300 million.”

Starr was married to Maureen Cox from 1965 to 1975. She died of leukemia in 1994.

He married his second wife, Barbara Bach in 1981. Starr has three children and several grandchildren.

FILE – The Beatles pose together on February 28, 1968 in an unknown location. Left to right are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. (AP Photo)Associated press

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