What It Means to Be a Beatle: Ringo and His All-Starr Band
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What It Means to Be a Beatle: Ringo and His All-Starr Band

Beginning in 1989, Ringo and producer David Fishof came up with the concept of a rotating line-up of world-famous musicians who would tour under the name Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, a brainstorm that has resulted in eleven variations of his All-Starr Band where, as Ringo has explained, "everybody on stage is a star in their own right." During an All-Starr Band concert, Ringo performs some of his solo and Beatles songs, and then allows each band member to perform hits from their own career.

As the drummer for the internationally-famous Beatles, Ringo provided lead vocals on just eleven songs: "Boys," the Luther Dixon, Wes Farrell song featured on the March 1963 studio album Please Please Me (and February 1964, Twist and Shout), "I Wanna Be Your Man," the Lennon-McCartney tune from the November 1963 With the Beatles (and January 1964 Meet the Beatles), "Matchbox," from the July 1964 album Something New, the Carl Perkins "Honey Don't" on the December 1964, Beatles For Sale, (and December 1964, Beatles '65), the Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison tune "Act Naturally" on the August of 1965 release, Help, the Lennon–McCartney–Starkey collaboration "What Goes On" found on the December 1965 Rubber Soul, UK version (and June 1966 Yesterday and Today), "Yellow Submarine" on the August 1966 Revolver (UK version), "With a Little Help From My Friends" from the June 1967, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Ringo-penned "Don't Pass Me By" and "Good Night" from The Beatles [White Album], and the Ringo-penned "Octopus's Garden," from Abbey Road*.

Having contributed so relatively few songs to the Beatles' catalog, when the Beatles disband in 1970, many critics predicted the percussionist extraordinaire would quickly fade into obscurity. For most, it was unimaginable that any other band in the world could provide the fame and musical diversity the Beatles had, and it seemed very unlikely that Ringo could himself front his own band. No one considered a third option, that Ringo would simply utilize the talents of the many friends he'd accumulated as a Beatle and start releasing solo albums.

Before the ink had dried on the Beatles’ dissolution papers, Ringo released Sentimental Journey in 1970, which was followed by Beaucoups of Blues that same year, Ringo in 1973, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, Ringo’s Rotogravure in 1976, Ringo the 4th in 1977, Bad Boy in 1978, Stop and Smell the Roses in 1981, Old wave in 1983, and seven other studio albums as of 2012.

Additionally he’s released eleven live albums, five compilations, a Christmas album, and a children’s album, and quite significantly, twenty-seven singles to date, several of which were Top-10 hits: “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” You’re Sixteen,” “Oh, My, My,” and “(The) No No Song.”

Surprising most Beatle fans by becoming (arguably) the most visible and musically-prolific Beatle, Ringo then began a phase of stage performance in which he called upon his many, many super-talented musician friends.  In 1989, Ringo and producer David Fishof came up with the concept of a rotating line-up of world-famous musicians who would tour under the name Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, a brainstorm that has resulted in eleven variations of his All-Starr Band where, as Ringo has explained, "everybody on stage is a star in their own right."

During an All-Starr Band concert, Ringo performs some of his solo and Beatles songs, and then allows each band member to perform hits from their own career. And from this concept, some of the most extraordinary assemblies of rock royalty have emerged in all rock music history--proving just how much clout a Beatle has.

All-Starr Band, 1989:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Joe Walsh (Eagles and James Gang) - guitar, piano, talkbox, vocals

Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) - guitar, accordion, vocals

Dr. John - keyboards, vocals

Billy Preston - keyboards, vocals

Rick Danko (The Band) - bass, vocals

Levon Helm (The Band) - drums, vocals

Jim Keltner - drums

Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) - saxophone, tambourine, vocals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ0E96QlUCA&feature=related

All-Starr Band, 1992:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Joe Walsh (Eagles and James Gang) - guitar, keyboards, talk box, vocals

Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) - guitar, vocals

Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia and The New Cars) - guitar, drums, vocals

Dave Edmunds (Rockpile and Love Sculpture) - guitar, vocals

Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) - keyboards, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, vocals

Timothy B. Schmit (Poco and Eagles) - bass, guitar, vocals

Zak Starkey - drums

Timmy Cappello - saxophone, percussion, vocals

All-Starr Band, 1995:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive and The Guess Who)- guitar, vocals

Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) - guitar, harmonica, vocals

Billy Preston - keyboards, vocals

Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) - keyboards, vocals

John Entwistle (The Who) - bass, vocals

Zak Starkey - drums

Mark Rivera - saxophone, guitar, vocals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQbZpmR_eGw&feature=related

All-Starr Band, 1997 - 1998:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Peter Frampton (Humble Pie) - guitar, talk box, vocals

Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) - keyboards, vocals

Jack Bruce (Cream) - bass, guitar (1998), keyboards, vocals

Simon Kirke (Free and Bad Company) - drums, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, guitar, keyboards, percussion, vocals

Scott Gordon - harmonica (1998)

All-Starr Band, 1999:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia and The New Cars) - guitar, drums, vocals

Gary Brooker (Procol Harum) - keyboards, vocals

Jack Bruce (Cream) - bass, keyboards, vocals

Simon Kirke (Free and Bad Company) - drums, vocals

Timmy Cappello - saxophone, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals

All-Starr Band, 2000:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Dave Edmunds (Rockpile and Love Sculpture) - guitar, vocals

Eric Carmen (Raspberries) - keyboards, guitar, vocals

Jack Bruce (Cream) - bass, keyboards, vocals

Simon Kirke (Free and Bad Company) - drums, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, harmonica, vocals

All-Starr Band, 2001:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Howard Jones - keyboards, vocals

Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson) - bass, guitar, vocals

Sheila E. - drums, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, percussion, guitar, harmonica, vocals

All-Starr Band, 2003:

Ringo Starr - drums, keyboards, vocals

Colin Hay (Men at Work) - guitar, vocals

Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze and Mike + The Mechanics) - keyboards, guitar, vocals

John Waite (The Babys and Bad English) - bass, vocals

Sheila E. - drums, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, flute, bass, guitar, vocals

All-Starr Band, 2006:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Billy Squier - guitar, vocals

Richard Marx - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Edgar Winter - keyboards, saxophone, vocals

Rod Argent (The Zombies and Argent) - keyboards, vocals

Sheila E. - drums, vocals

Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) - bass, vocals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKXC2av_51k&feature=related

All-Starr Band, 2008:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Billy Squier - guitar, bass, vocals

Colin Hay (Men at Work) - guitar, vocals

Edgar Winter - keyboards, saxophone, vocals

Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth) - keyboards, vocals

Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) - bass, guitar, vocals

Gregg Bissonette - drums, vocals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErcLtp1Ztis

All-Starr Band, 2010-2011

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Wally Palmar (The Romantics) - guitar, harmonica, vocals

Rick Derringer (The McCoys, Johnny Winter, the Edgar Winter Group) - guitar, vocals

Edgar Winter - keyboards, saxophone, vocals

Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth) - keyboards, vocals

Richard Page (Mr. Mister) - bass, vocals

Gregg Bissonette - drums, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, percussion, vocals (2011 Latin America Tour Only)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rHklPfX9pk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4joCcvW1yE

All-Starr Band, 2012:

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals

Steve Lukather (Toto) - guitar, vocals

Gregg Rolie (Santana) and (Journey) - keyboards, vocals

Todd Rundgren (Nazz, Utopia and The New Cars) - guitar, percussion, vocals

Richard Page (Mr. Mister) - bass, vocals

Mark Rivera - saxophone, vocals

Gregg Bissonette - drums, vocals

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* On which albums Ringo's Beatle songs appear varies according to UK, US, and Canadian releases and configuration.

SORRY FOR PROVIDING ONLY THE LINKS AND NOT THE VIDEOS THEMSELVES, BUT I CAN'T GET THE INSERT MEDIA FEATURE TO WORK.

References:

"Chart Stats Searching Results of albums or singles by Ringo Starr". BPI. Retrieved 3.2012

http://www.seahaas.com/richiesboys.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/ringo-starr-all-starr-band-tour_n_1263589.html

http://www.ringostarr.com/

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