Paul McCartney to induct Ringo Starr into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

PaulAndRingo150Paul McCartney to induct Ringo Starr into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Starr to receive musical excellence award from former Beatles band mate

By Mindy Rochwerg
March 20, 2015

Sir Paul McCartney will be the one to present former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr with his award at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards induction ceremony next month in Cleveland.

Starr, inducted as a Beatles member in 1988, will now be bestowed the honor as a solo artist – the last Beatle to do so, John Lennon having been inducted in ’94, McCartney himself in ’99 and George Harrison in ’04.

Starr set out on his solo career after the Beatles broke up in 1970.  His music, both pre and post breakup – songs like “Back off Boogaloo,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “With a Little Help from my Friends,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Octopus’ Garden,” “The No No Song,” “Photograph,” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine),” reflect his light-hearted, genial nature and sense of humor.

Starr’s All Star Band, with which he still tours, has been through many incarnations.  Currently touring with the band is bassist Richard Page (Mr. Mister).  Previous bassists (and guest bassists) have included Rick Danko (The Band), Timothy B. Schmit (Poco & Eagles), John Entwistle (The Who), Jack Bruce (Cream), Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer and King Crimson), John Waite (The Babys and Bad English), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) and Matt Bissonette (Elton John).

Of his relationship with McCartney, Starr told The Daily Mail back in 2011:

“We are good friends. We don’t live in each other’s pockets, but if we’re in the same country, we get together. He’s singing and playing on my latest album and I played on several of his. We’re just pals. We’re the only two who’ve experienced all this who are still here.”

There is a possibility that McCartney will be performing at the induction ceremony, but no word yet as to whether the two will perform together, as they did at last year’s Grammy Awards.

Except for some VIP packages, tickets to the ceremony are sold out, so you may just have to wait to catch the show when it premiers as an HBO special on May 30.

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