Friday 9 December 2016

Ringo's Starr turn at Hall of Fame

Published 19/04/2015 | 00:21

Sir Paul McCartney hands the trophy to Ringo Starr at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (AP)
Sir Paul McCartney hands the trophy to Ringo Starr at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (AP)
Ringo Starr makes peace signs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (AP)

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 Sir Paul McCartney and humbly told the crowd, which included Yoko Ono, "My name is Ringo and I play drums".

The 74-year-old is 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 Sir Paul.

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.

Starr, real-name Richard Starkey, continued to play on solo albums by his fellow Beatles as well as featuring on records including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band.

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

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