least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished
himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material
and as an actor.
Upon the group's
split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the
first, an album called Sentimental Journey, found
him covering pre-rock standards, and the second, Beacoups
of Blues, was a country music collection.
scored Top Ten hits with two non-album singles, "It
Don't Come Easy" in 1971 and "Back off Boogaloo"
In 1973 he
paired with producer Richard Perry and, with assistance
from the three other ex-Beatles, made Ringo, which
featured two #1 hits, "Photograph" and "You're
Sixteen". "Oh My My", a Top Ten hit, was also
included. Almost as successful was the 1974 follow-up,
Goodnight Vienna, which featured the hits "Only
You" and "No No Song".
to release albums through 1981, though with diminishing
success. His 1983 album Old Wave did not find a
Starr was also
suffering from the excesses of his lifestyle, but by the
late '80s he had cleaned up, and in 1989 he toured with
his "All-Starr Band." In 1992, he signed to Private Music
and released a new studio album, Time Takes Time.
Man, his first album for Mercury, followed in 1998,
as did a disc culled from his performance on the VH1 Storytellers
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