Zak Starkey Biography

Zak Starkey with drums

Zak Starkey Biography




Quick Facts About Zak Starkey

Name Zak Richard Starkey
Birth Name Zak Richard Starkey
Celebrated Name Zak Starkey
Date of Birth September 13, 1965
Age 51 Years Old
Profession Musician
Gender Male
Nationality British
Ethnicity White
Religion Christian
Marital Status Married
Place Of Birth Hammersmith, London, England
Hair Color Brown - dark
Eyes Color Gray
Wife Sarah Menikides
Working For The Who

Zak Starkey playing drums, Source :

Zak Richard Starkey, simply known as Zak Starkey, is a popular drummer from England. Majorly a rock drummer, Starkey is also a post-punk and Britpop drummer. Best known as the member of English rock band The Who, Starkey has been entertaining audiences for more than 3 decades now.

Zak Starkey has been associated with The Who as a touring musician since 1996. Besides, in his career journey, he has also collaborated with other famous names like Oasis (a rock band), The Lightning Seed (an alternative rock band), Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (a live rock supergroup), The Waterboys (a folk-rock band), musician John Entwistle, musician Johnny Marr, etc.

Born to The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, Zak had inherited the interest of playing drums from his father. He was interested in music since he was a kid of 8 and began performing in pubs at a mere age of 12. At present, he is one of the most sought after musicians who have not only earned a huge fan base but also a net worth in millions.

Family life of The Who drummer Zak Starkey

Baby Zak Starkey with mom and dad, Source :

Zak Starkey was born on 13 September 1965, in Hammersmith, London as the first child of Ringo Starr and his first wife Maureen Starkey Tigrett, a hairdresser. Later, he was raised in Sunny Heights, St George’s Hill and Tittenhurst Park, Sunninghill. His mother passed away at the age of 48 due to leukemia.

Talking about Zak’s personal life, it has often been off the limelight. Zak, who prefers keeping his personal life details to himself, has shared very less information about his wife and married life.

Zak is married to Sarah Menikides since 22 January 1985. Their wedding was held in Bracknell, 30 miles west of London. The wedding was witnessed by only three people as Ringo Starr wanted it to be a secret. Although the ceremony was kept low-profile, official announcements were sent to the close members of the bride’s family. Those who received the news were sworn to not speak about it.

At present, Zak and Sarah are parents to one child, a daughter named Tatia Jayne Starkey. She was born on 6 September 1985. Details about the state of their married life are not known but it is believed that they are still together.

In the past, a few sources had claimed that Zak had divorced his wife in 2004. The same year, he was also rumored to have an affair with Australian singer Sharna Liguz. Since neither of the news was confirmed by an authentic source, Zak is still considered married.

Zak Starkey is continuing the legacy of his father Ringo Starr

Zak Starkey and Ringo Starr, Source :

Zak Starkey’s passion for music evolved as a kid when he was gifted a drum kit by his father’s close friend, Keith Moon, who is also his godfather. Learning to play drums on his own, Zak began performing in pubs when he was just 12 years old. Soon, he also became a part of a garage band The Next.

Enthralled by the concerts and performances of his father Starr, Zak Starkey decided to pursue a career in the same field at a young age. Starr, who had taught his son to play drums just once, praised Zak’s abilities but did not desire to watch his son become a drummer. Instead, he wanted Zak to be a doctor or a lawyer.

Zak’s official career started in the early 80s as a part of rock band The Spencer Davis Group. 1985 released Wind in the Willows and Sun City are his early works. The 1990s were marked by Zak joining Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band and Daltrey Sings Townshend tour. He also became an official touring musician of The Who, a rock band where Keith Moon served as a vocalist and drummer till his death in 1978.

In October 2001, The Who gave one of the most memorable performances at the Madison Square Garden which was proclaimed as the band’s comeback. The ground-shattering performance which was claimed as “one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll” by Rolling Stone was the last performance with John Entwistle.

Apart from being associated with The Who, Zak Starkey’s collaboration with bands like Oasis, The Icicle Works, The Waterboys, The Semantics, ASAP, etc. also added to his popularity.

His involvement in the music world spanning nearly 4 decades has not only made him a popular but a rich star. As reported, Zak Starkey’s net worth till date is approx. 20 million USD.



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