In The 1970s Ringo Starr

During the 1960s Ringo Starr could do no wrong as the drummer with worlds biggest band the Beatles. But following the split of the group Ringo really had only a modest chart presence in the 1970s.

Ringo was born in Liverpool in 1940 as Richard Starkey and in 1970 released his two solo albums called Beacoup Of Blues and Sentimental Journey which was partly produced by a very young Quincy Jones.

Only one single became a hit in the UK and that was Back Off Boogaloo, which was a swipe at his Beatles colleague Paul McCartney or was it just a song he wrote after being inspired by Marc Bolan of T.Rex. The truth is out there.


Two more hits made No. 1 in the U.S. and did very well in the UK charts too. The song Photograph was written by Ringo and ex Beatle George Harrison and came from the album Ringo.


The second hit single was  You're Sixteen which was a hit prior in 1961by Johnny Burnette. The lyrics are a little provocative when you listen back with 2013 ears. Ringo was also romantically linked to Lynsey De Paul.

In the U.S. he had several more singles but in his own country he had few hits. He did score a No. 4 hit in 1970 with It Don't Come Easy with George Harrison on guitar.