Ringo Starr did not ask to become a Beatle. He was asked by George Martin to join the group, after Martin found the drumming of Pete Best inadequate. On the day that John was told to ask Pete to leave the band, the world suddenly became a narrow place for the Beatle drummer. At the same time, the world became an ever-expanding carnival for a young man by the name of Richard Starkey, but better known as Ringo.
Of all the Beatles, Ringo was the least involved in the personality clashes, the jealousies, the doubting egos of the other three. He, alone, seemed to know that "nothing is real" in the world of rock 'n' roll. He maintained an eager commitment to the band, but he was always detached in some peculiar way, almost as if he were watching a show from a seat in the balcony. At the end of it all, he remained friends with all the other members of the band simply because unlike the others, he had never defined his whole being and his identity in terms of being a Beatle. Unlike the others, he did not "grow up" being a Beatle. He grew up being Ringo Starr. When the final curtain came down and John, Paul and George had scurried off to comfort and reincarnate their shattered egos, Ringo might have done the same. Instead, he likely went for fish 'n' chips and a pint of beer.
These pages are dedicated to the modern day spokesman for The Beatles, the true seer of what ensued in the maddening sixties.
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