Believe it or not, it’s not necessarily easy being a Beatle. That’s especially true when you’re Ringo Starr and you’ve always been overshadowed by your three enormously talented bandmates. After all, they were the ones who wrote and sang the songs, which left you with a mere handful of tunes for you to hang your now-thinning mop top on. Not that those songs didn’t leave a lasting impression—any artist would be pleased to have such numbers as “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” or “Photograph” to tout time and time again. But let’s face it: A limited repertoire given to you by others, no matter how brilliant, only goes so far, and eventually you’re left to fend for yourself and add to your own stockpile.
Nevertheless, say what you will about Ringo. He’s nothing if not persistent. Even as he rapidly approaches his 75th birthday(!), he still finds the time to release a new album every couple of years, tour regularly with his All-Starr Band and continue to entice the faithful, and that’s despite a wear...
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