Ringo Starr was among others inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday, April 18. He was inducted as a solo artist by fellow Beatles alum, Sir Paul McCartney. Starr was previously inducted as a member of the Beatles, back in 1988. Ringo’s latest album, Postcards From Paradise, is his 18th as a solo musical artist.
Besides drummer and singer, Ringo Starr, 74, whose real name is Richard Starkey, other musical artists who were inductees included Joan Jett of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground, Stevie Ray Vaughan and singer Bill Withers. Soul singer Withers was inducted by Stevie Wonder.
Reed, one of music’s most influential performers, will be inducted posthumously, having passed away in 2013. Rocker Patti Smith will appear for her friend, Reed. HBO will not air the event, which sold out in minutes, until May 30.
Ringo Starr, who still goes out on tours with his All-Star Band, was the first member of the Beatles to release a solo studio album. In 1970, he released two solo albums. Musical artists are not eligible to be nominated until at least 25 years after their first album was released. With his induction as a solo musical artist, he joined McCartney as being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as both a member of the Beatles and as a solo musical artist.
The 30th induction ceremony was held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ringo Starr was introduced by and performed with Sir Paul McCartney, and other musical artists who performed were Miley Cyrus, who nominated Joan Jett; Dave Grohl, frontman of the Foo Fighters; Beck; Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine; and singer John Mayer, who nominated Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Ringo Starr has always been a much-beloved member of the Beatles, and Paul McCartney and John Lennon deliberately wrote songs including Ringo singing to please their fans. For example, in an interview with Rolling Stone, McCartney said that the first line of With A Little Help From My Friends, “What would you think if I sang out of tune?”, was written for Starr to sing.
It did not take very long for Starr to prove that he could be successful as a solo musical artist. In 1971, his iconic hit, It Don’t Come Easy, became a top five hit. Then, just two years later in 1973, Starr hit number two with his song, Back Off Boogaloo. Some of Starr’s other memorable hits include You’re Sixteen and Photograph.
Ringo Starr continued to perform with his fellow Beatles on their solo albums, as well as making his own. He performed with John and Yoko Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, and he was also the drummer on All Things Must Pass, one of George Harrison’s albums.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Cleveland for just the third time ever. The ceremony is held in different cities in the United States every year, generally in either New York or Los Angeles. Three years ago, in 2012, was the last time the ceremony was held in Cleveland.
Joan Jett, moved to tears by the honor of becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, opened the ceremony by performing a blistering version of her hit, Bad Reputation. After that, she and Dave Grohl performed a hit that Jett had with the all-girl group, the Runaways, Cherry Bomb. Later, she was joined by Tommy James, performing a rousing rendition of her cover of Crimson and Clover.
Also, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were joined onstage by Green Day’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong. They performed the Beatles cover version of Boys, which was first a hit for the Shirelles.
On Saturday night, Ringo Starr was one of the inductees entering into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. He was already a member for his contributions as the drummer of the Beatles, but on Saturday, he was inducted for his accomplishments as a solo musical artist.
Written By Douglas Cobb