Richard Starkey or Ringo, was born on July 7, 1940. At age six, he developed appendicitis. His appendix ruptured resulting in peritonitis and a ten week coma. Ringo was told several times that he might die, but he recovered. He would later have other bouts with illness.December of 1957, Harry Graves, Ringo's step dad, bought Ringo his first real set of drums. Ringo soon joined the Darktown Skiffle group which later became Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. Ringo met the Beatles while in Hamburg. Ringo sometimes sat in for Pete Best. But it wasn't till August of 1962,that Ringo permanetly became a member of the Beatles. The Beatles hit big, influencing the hair-do,fashion, and their generation. But regretably, in 1970 the Beatles broke up. He had several solo albums and films behind him. He has work with the suchs acts as Tom Petty and created a band called the All-Starr band.