Ringo Starr he established himself as a talented drummer early in his career. Then he changed percussion forever with The Beatles. He gained fame and fortune with the Fab Four, but a member of the Beatles once explained how Ringo and his wife lived as simple people even after buying a large property.
Ringo Starr moved out of his apartment and became a neighbor of John Lennon
Ringo moved from Liverpool to London after The Beatles made it big. England’s capital was also the epicenter of the country’s music scene, so he left the working-class port city for cosmopolitan London.
The drummer shared a spot with his 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 out of the apartment into a house near John Lennon’s Weybridge residence, on the outskirts of the city. (The two bandmates lived less than a mile apart.) However, the former Richard Starkey still had the lease and the apartment became a playground for your 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 as simple people.
Ringo and his wife lived like “simple people” on their large estate according to a Beatles source.
Ringo formed friendships with 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.
That relationship paid off when Ringo bought Sellers’ Brookfield estate in Elstead, Surrey (about 25 miles southwest of central London), for £70,000 in 1968. John offered to buy it for £150,000, he writes. Michael Seth Starr (unrelated) in with a little help. Still, Sellers sold the property, which included a private lake, walled gardens, a gym, a sauna, and a cinema room, to Ringo.
When Ken Mansfield, head of Apple Records in the United States, visited, he found Ringo and his wife living as “simple people” in a small section of the massive property:
“[Y]you enter through the big front door and [there is] the staircase and all that, and to the left is this giant den in the left wing of the house with a big fireplace in there. They put a television on the fireplace, the crib was in one corner, Maureen’s sewing supplies were in another corner, and Ringo had his battery set up in another part of the room. It’s almost like, here they were, they had this big mansion, but they were just simple 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 household in Liverpool. As Mansfield tells it, the drummer found it hard to leave that lifestyle behind, even after he made it big as a rock star.
The drummer bought Lennon’s house a few years later.
Ringo’s friendship with John led to the purchase of another house 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 possessions they were left behind in the move, but that didn’t sour their relationship. Ringo frequently clashed with John when the timekeeper began spending more time in the United States in the 1970s.
He later spent time residing in Monte Carlo as part of his world living situation, but Ringo Starr and his wife were living as simple people when they moved into the old Sellers house.
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