A few feet further, and Pete Best may have been the permanent drummer of The Beatles.
According the new book “Liverpool Blitzed: Seventy Years On” by British historian Neil Holmes , Starr — born Richard Starkey — lived on Madryn Street in Liverpool, which was hit by stray bombs from the German Luftwaffe during their air raids on the English port city in October 1940.
Starkey, born on July 7th of that year, was just three months old at the time, and it’s unknown if his family was home at the time. But, as the Echo notes, his mother hated the public bomb shelters, and Holmes says that they were very uncomfortable and far away from where the future Beatle’s family lived.
“We do not know what the Starkeys did on the night of 19th October but their home would have suffered some damage when the homes opposite were destroyed,” Holmes said. “Either way the baby who was to find fame as Ringo Starr was very lucky not to have lost his life that night.”
Starr was twice afflicted by life-threatening illnesses during childhood, and as a result of prolonged hospitalisations. His Mum bought him a miniature drum set to keep him happy while recuperating at home. Just think if she gave him a Clarinet?
Instead, he went on to Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame status — and is still going, playing the Russian leg of his All Starr Band tour this week.