Ringo Starr established himself as a talented drummer early in his career. He then traded drums forever with The Beatles. He gained fame and fortune with the Fab Four, but a Beatles insider once explained how Ringo and his wife lived like simple folk even after buying a huge estate.
Ringo Starr moved out of his apartment and became John Lennon’s neighbor
Ringo moved from Liverpool to London once The Beatles became big. England’s capital was also the epicenter of the country’s music scene, so it vacated the working-class port city for cosmopolitan London.
The drummer shared a seat with bandmate George Harrison. He then moved to an apartment in Montagu Square, not far from Buckingham Palace. When Ringo and his wife, Maureen, were expecting their first child, they moved from the flat to a house near John Lennon’s residence in Weybridge, outside the city. (The two bandmates lived less than a mile apart). However, ex-Richard Starkey still held the lease and the apartment became a playground for his famous friends.
Ringo moved again to another large property in 1968. When a member of the Beatles visited the spacious property, he said he found Ringo and his wife living like ordinary people.
Ringo and his wife lived like “simple people” at their large estate, according to a Beatles insider
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Ringo befriended several famous people during his time with The Beatles, including actor Peter Sellers. The drummer crashed on Sellers’ yacht (and wrote “Octopus’s Garden” there) when he left the band during The white album recording sessions.
This relationship paid off when Ringo bought the Sellers’ Brookfield estate in Elstead, Surrey (about 25 miles south-west of central London) for £70,000 in 1968. John offered to buy it for £150,000 sterling, writes Michael Seth Starr (no relation) in With a little help. However, the Sellers sold Ringo the property, which included a private lake, walled gardens, a gym, a sauna and a cinema.
When Ken Mansfield, head of Apple Records in the United States, visited, he found Ringo and his wife living as “common people” in a small section of the huge property:
“[Y]you enter the large front door and [there is] the staircase and all that, and on the left is this huge den on the wing on the left side of the house with a big fireplace in there. They stuck a TV in the fireplace, the crib was in one corner, Maureen’s sewing stuff was in another corner, and Ringo set up his drums in another part of the room. It’s almost like, look, they had this big mansion, but they were just ordinary people, like a family living in a one-room place.”
Ken Mansfield describes how Ringo Starr and his wife lived as ‘simple people’
Ringo grew up in the cramped confines of a working-class home in Liverpool. As Mansfield says, the drummer had a hard time leaving that lifestyle behind, even after becoming a rock star.
The drummer bought Lennon’s house a few years later
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Ringo’s friendship with John led to another house purchase for the drummer. When his former bandmate moved to New York in the early 1970s, Ringo bought John’s house in Tittenhurst Park, a west London suburb.
The drummer allegedly burned John’s belongings that were left behind in the move, but that didn’t make their relationship worse. Ringo frequently crashed with John as the timer began spending more time in the United States in the 1970s.
He later spent time living in Monte Carlo as part of his worldwide living situation, but Ringo Starr and his wife lived like simple folk when they moved into Sellers’ former home.
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