Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey was born at number 9 Mandarin Street in the area known as The Dingle in Liverpool. The house was a two up two down with an outside toilet, Richard would live there throughout his life. He would spend a long time in hospital when he was young. Ritchard got into music learning how to play the drum kit and was a very popular drummer on the Liverpool music scene.

He would change his name to Ringo as he always wore plenty of rings on his fingers. Ringo played drums for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes who were one of the biggest bands to come out of Liverpool. Ringo would become friends wwith John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. When it was decided by George Martin who was producing the Beatles records that the Beatles drummer at that time Pete Best was not up to the standard for recording. Ringo was the obvious choice to replace Pete and join The Beatles . This decision to replace Pete Best didn't go down too well with the fan's of the Beatles as Pete Best was very popular. It was the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in America that made them so popular in the U S A. Everyone wanted them to tour and the Ludwig drum company had to take on more staff as every young drummer wanted the same Ludwig drum kit that Ringo used. Ringo was using Zildjian cymbals and the same happened with the company as everyone wanted to get the same sound as  Ringo.

Ringo Starr has inspired generations of drummers around the world. Zildjian is honoured to announce its recent collaboration with the incomparable Ringo Starr that the company has created an all new Zildjian Artist Series Drumstick. Ringo helped with the design of the new 5A versatile drumstick which is made from hickory wood, the drumstick has been dipped in a vibrant purple coating. The drumstick is imprinted with the artist's signature and star! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Ringo Starr Artist drumsticks will benefit the Lotus Foundation. For more information on this great drumstick please go to ZILDJIAN.COM or www.headstockdistribution.com