Secret Lovers Atlantic Starr
To celebrate Ringo Starr's birthday (75 today), Smooth have assembled a gallery of his greatest pics and quotes!
'I'd like to end up sort of unforgettable.'
'First and foremost I am a drummer. After that, I'm other things... But I didn't play drums to make money.'
'Being in The Beatles was a short, incredible period of my life. I had 22 years leading up to it, and it was all over eight years later.'
'America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.'
'People only look at me as a Beatle, but my friends look at me as a whole person. That's how life works, but it's not bugging me anymore.'
'I'm getting happier all the time, which is very nice.'
'I'm not sleeping with all the women I appear with.'
'I've never been able to sit round on my own and play drums, practice in the back room, never been able to. I've always played with other musicians. It's how I play, there's no joy for me in playing on my own, bashing away. I need a bass, a piano, guitar, whatever, and then I can play.'
'I couldn't put my finger on one reason why we broke up. It was time, and we were spreading out. They were spreading out more than I was. I would've stayed with the band.'
'I think the most exciting thing is that you expect people our age to know the music, but actually a lot of kids know the music, and if anything is left, we have left really good music, and that's the important part, not the mop-tops or whatever.'