With his first induction being as a member of the Beatles, Ringo Starr is now set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his solo career. As if living a real-life adaptation of his number four hit, “It Don’t Come Easy,” Starr is finally receiving the credit due for his singular influence on modern rock and roll.
Starr has always lived in the proverbial shadows of his Beatles band mates. Not even a member of the original Beatles lineup, he took the place of Pete Best in August of 1962. There is no disputing his influence on the organic and flowing sound that would be associated with the fab four. After the band broke up in 1970, he would go on to have several successful singles in the U.S. In 1989, he would form a super group of former rock stars he would call, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. This band has morphed through 12 different incarnations through the years and is poised to make yet another world tour in 2015.
While he would typically sing at least one song on each Beatles record, it is his drumming that is so signature that true fans can identify the songs by drum fills and beats. Rolling Stone readers named him the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. With his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ringo Starr is set to officially receive the peer-acclaim that he truly deserves. Interestingly, he was the first of the Beatles to achieve commercial success on the radio after the band split.
Starr, who was originally inducted with the Beatles in 1988, will share the honors with Green Day, Bill Withers, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The “5” Royales. In a sentimental touch, Starr, will be inducted by his band mate, Paul McCartney. He is the last Beatle to be inducted for his solo work.
The Rock Hall Induction Ceremony is set to be a star-studded gala that will feature Starr performing with Paul McCartney and Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame. Miley Cyrus will guest with Greenday and Joan Jett will perform “Crimson and Clover” with Tommy James. She will undoubtedly also be singing the anthem, “I Love Rock and Roll,” for the memorable night that pays homage to rock music and musicians.
Attention will undoubtedly be focused on the induction of the fourth Beatle on Saturday night in Cleveland. McCartney is said to have lobbied hard for his membership to this exclusive club of rockers. Starr remained close to all of his former band mates over the years and is scheduled to release an exclusive pictorial titled Photograph this fall. It will contain previously unreleased shots of the band through their meteoric run. He claims that he had even forgotten about many of the intimate images. When speaking of this most famous quartet, he describes McCartney, Lennon and Harrison as his “brothers;” never far from his mind.
One of the most famous rock drummers of all time, he will once again take the stage behind his famous set of Ludwig drums and accompany his friend, Paul, on bass. Richard Starkey, Jr., most famously known as Ringo Starr, will finally be given his rightful place as he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
By Chris Marion
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