The Beatles FAQ

Fun stuff about the Fab Four. Linked to The Beatles Teaching Pack

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Did Ringo get paid the same as the other Beatles?

The Beatles were paid the same as performers (and in repeat rights etc).
Ringo missed out on the eye-popping Lennon-McCartney songwriting royalties but for a non-songwriter he has healthy songwriting royalties, which Gregory Pietsch has documented:

"What Goes On" (Rubber Soul) (Lennon-McCartney-Starr)
"12-Bar Original" (Anthology 2) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Flying" (Magical Mystery Tour) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Don't Pass Me By" (The Beatles, aka the White Album) (Starr)

“Los Paranoias” (Anthology 3) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Octopus's Garden" (Abbey Road) (Starr)
"Dig It" (Let It Be) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Maggie May" (Let It Be) (traditional adaptation by Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Free As a Bird" (Anthology 1) (Beatles' version by Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr)
"Christmastime (Is Here Again)" ("Free As a Bird" single) (Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starr).

In summary, he’s still doing alright - but don’t ask him for an autograph as he has officially retired ….

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