Wednesday 28 September 2016

Beatles’ Ringo inducted into rock’s Hall of Fame

George Burn

Published 20/04/2015 | 02:30

Ringo Starr reaches for his award after being inducted by Paul McCartney to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at an event in Cleveland
Ringo Starr reaches for his award after being inducted by Paul McCartney to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at an event in Cleveland

Ringo Starr had a little help from his friends as he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The Beatles drummer was recognised at a ceremony in the US as “one of the greatest and most creative drummers” in the music genre’s history.

Starr was introduced by Paul McCartney and humbly told the crowd, which included Yoko Ono, “My name is Ringo and I play drums.”

The 74-year-old, whose real name is Richard Starkey, was the last of the Fab Four to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his solo work.

He was joined onstage by Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh for a rendition of Starr’s 1971 hit ‘Don’t Come Easy’, before performing Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ with McCartney.

The drummer, who just released a new album called ‘Postcards From Paradise’, was the first member of the band to really establish a solo career after the Beatles split in 1970, releasing two albums before the end of the year.

‘It Don’t Come Easy’ reached the top five, before getting to number two a year later with ‘Back Off Boogaloo’.

Other inductees at the event, held in Cleveland, Ohio, included soul singer Bill Withers, Lou Reed and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Irish Independent

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