Ringo Starr is one of the biggest names in rock music, both as a member of The Beatles and as a solo artist. With a career as lengthy and as acclaimed as his, it's only natural that there are some things music fans have yet to discover. Check out this short list of 5 things you didn't know about Ringo Starr, then get your tickets to see Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band live through AXS.
Aside from music, Ringo Starr also had an acting career. His most interesting role came in the 1975 movie Lisztomania, where he portrayed the Pope. He wasn't even the only rock legend in the film, because Roger Daltrey of The Who fame starred as composer Franz Liszt. Play the video above to check out a portion of Ringo Starr's version of the Pope. Curious music fans can rent the full movie on YouTube.
Hospitals can be frightening places, but if Ringo Starr hadn't been admitted to the hospital when he was a child, he might never have become a musician. As was explained in the press release for his upcoming AXS TV appearance, Starr first took an interest in the drums while admitted to the hospital for tuberculosis. During the two years, he was in the hospital, he joined the band and the rest is history. Starr will discuss that, and much more, when he appears on AXS TV's "The Big Interview with Dan Rather" on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
While Ringo Starr has written plenty of songs, his fame with The Beatles prompted more than one single to be written about him, too. The most notable came in 1964 when an artist named Rolf Harris tried to suggest that Starr was suitable for political office with "Ringo for President." The single failed to chart, and Starr thankfully didn't leave music to start a career in politics, but it speaks volumes about how popular Starr was during the 1960's and still is today. You can listen to the entire song by clicking the link above.
In 1991, Starr had a guest spot on "The Simpsons" as himself. The episode "Brush With Greatness" depicts Starr finally catching up on a backlog of fan mail, discovering a painting that a teenage Marge Simpson has painted of him. Fans can watch a clip from the episode by clicking the link above and rent the full episode on YouTube. The episode subsequently wound up reflecting real life, because years later, Starr would declare that he was no longer answering fan mail due to getting too much of it.
Every Christmas since 1955, the NORAD Tracks Santa program gives families a fun way to follow Santa Claus online as he makes his holiday deliveries. Ringo Starr was part of the festivities in both 2003 and 2004, with the U.S. Air Force claiming it had moved its highly sophisticated SantaCam into Starr's house. Considering that Starr also recorded an album entitled I Wanna Be Santa Claus in 1999, he was a perfect choice to help spread Christmas cheer throughout Europe and, thanks to the Internet, the world.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band will visit Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Tickets range from $59.50 to $159.50 and are on sale now through the AXS event page. For more upcoming events at Paramount Theatre, visit the AXS venue page.
For more on Ringo Starr, visit his artist page at AXS.