Zak Starkey was born at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, Hammersmith, London. Ringo chose Zak’s name because it was “a nice strong name that can’t be shortened,” explaining that it was a “mad cowboy name that had been spinning round my brain at the time.”
In later years he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a drummer, working with acts including The Who, Oasis, The Lightning Seeds, The Healers and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Lennon handwritten note goes on sale
- 2005: US album release: Chaos And Creation In The Backyard by Paul McCartney
- 1999: Album release: Yellow Submarine Songtrack
- 1969: Plastic Ono Band live: the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival
- 1968: Recording: Glass Onion
- 1967: Filming: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1965: US single release: Yesterday
- 1964: Live: Civic Center, Baltimore
- 1963: Live: Public Hall, Preston
- 1962: Live: Riverpark Ballroom, Chester
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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