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The Duke of Cambridge bestowed the honour on the Liverpool-born star at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

“It means a lot actually,” the musician told the BBC. “It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”

The honour comes 53 years after the Beatles were all awarded the MBE – and Starr said he had missed his bandmates’ companionship this time round.

“I was a bit shaky today on my own,” he said.

When The Beatles received their MBEs in October 1965, the occasion was not without controversy.

Rock and roll was still viewed with suspicion by the establishment and several previous honourees returned their medals in disgust.

John Lennon later claimed that the Beatles were so nervous at the idea of meeting the Queen they sneaked into a bathroom at Buckingham Palace for a cigarette.

“Who said that?” laughed the drummer after Tuesday’s ceremony. “I’m not keeping that rumour going.”

He arrived at the investiture with his wife, Barbara Bach, offering his trademark peace sign for fans and photographers.

Asked whether he wanted to be known as Sir Ringo, the musician, whose real name is Richard Starkey, replied: “I don’t know yet. It’s new and I don’t know how you use it properly.”

Turning to BBC reporter Colin Paterson, he added: “But I expect you to use it.”

Ringo added he knew exactly what he’d do with his medal.

“I’ll be wearing it at breakfast,” he joked.

His honour comes 21 years after fellow Paul McCartney was knighted.

Ringo said the pair had met for dinner last week in Los Angeles, and Sir Paul had offered him some advice for the ceremony: “Keep smiling.”



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Described as the “most overdue knighthood of all time” by musical writer Sir Tim Rice, the honour was presented by the Duke of Cambridge.
Ringo, 77, who received the honour under his real name, Sir Richard Starkey, for services to music, insisted it had come as a complete surprise.

“It means a lot. I’m sort of shocked in a way. I was sitting in LA and the letter came and I was so surprised.
“But I think it’s an honour,” said the drummer after the ceremony on Tuesday.
“A lot of people I don’t know wrote letters saying ‘congratulations, it’s about time,’ but for me the time is when it arrives, and that’s now.
“I just never thought of it. I just got on with my life and here we are. As I said, I’m just really surprised.”

Richard Starkey, has been honoured for his services to music after career spanning more than half a century, during which he helped revolutionize pop and rock music with former bandmates Paul, John and George.




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Ringo will follow in the footsteps of Paul by receiving a Knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning.

Accompanied by Barbara Bach, Ringo offered his trademark peace-sign as he arrived ahead of the official ceremony.

He joined a string of musicians, TV personalities and political figures, amongst them Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb, presenter Eamon Holmes and former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in accepting his honour.

Ringo, has been honoured for his services to music after career spanning more than half a century, during which he helped revolutionize pop and rock music with former bandmates Paul, John and George.

It also comes 53-years after The Beatles were awarded the MBE following their inclusion in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, and 21-years after Paul collected his own Knighthood, again for services to music.



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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is mining performances from induction ceremonies between 2010-2017 for release in a variety of formats in April.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert will be available April 24 as four DVDs and two Blu-rays featuring 53 live performances from the ceremonies, including: Nirvana’s 2014 performance with Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Annie Clark singing in place of the late Kurt Cobain; Ringo Starr and an all-star cast of friends, including Beatles mate Paul McCartney; Pearl Jam; Journey; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Cat Stevens; Chicago; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Green Day; Cheap Trick; Deep Purple; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; Yes; Rush; and more. The video sets will also feature induction and acceptance speeches from the ceremonies.
Five digital Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert digital albums, each covering two ceremonies, come out the same day, with bonus performances by Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, the Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, the Stooges, Tom Waits, the Small Faces/Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
This year’s Rock Hall induction takes place April 14 in Cleveland, honoring Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It will be, as usual, filmed by HBO for subsequent broadcast.



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Historian Gary Astridge Produces Faithful Limited-Edition Replica of Ringo’s Iconic Beatle Era Snare Drum
Los Angeles, CA: There’s only one 1963 oyster black pearl Ludwig Jazz Festival played by the world’s most famous drummer on some of the world’s most beloved music. This rarest of instruments has now been faithfully replicated in 15 collector quality instruments handcrafted by Ringo drum historian Gary Astridge. The Ludwig Drum Company partnered with Astridge to produce 15 one-of-a-kind drum shells by utilizing specifications from the original. Each Starr Festival snare drum features authentic 60s vintage hardware and historically correct accessories honoring the era. “My passion for the music and the drums of Ringo and the Beatles, along with my curiosity, has led me to amass a knowledge-base that I want to share.” said Astridge. “It’s an honor and a massive responsibility to have Ringo agree to authorize this project and hand sign each drum in part to support his and Barbara’s charity, The Lotus Foundation. We’ve spared no effort or cost in precisely reproducing this rare and valuable instrument.” Based on a variety of factors, including the unique concept and small number being produced, each drum carries a $30,000.00 price tag.
Branded as the Starr Festival by Astridge, the drum will be made available on April 18, to match the manufacture’s stamp date inside of the original drum. Ringo took possession of his Jazz Festival on May 12, 1963 and played it almost exclusively throughout his career with the Beatles. For the rest of the story, visit for additional details and an introductory video.


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Veteran producer Quincy Jones has issued a public apology for recent interview comments in which he slammed a number of artists, including the Beatles.

Speaking to Vulture, he’d called the British band “the worst musicians in the world” and “no-playing motherxxxers,” adding that “Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.” He also criticized U2’s recent albums and put down Michael Jackson and actor Marlon Brando.
Jones said his children had staged a “family intervention” after his interviews. “Let me tell you, I am so grateful for my daughters because they are not afraid to stand up to their daddy,” he tweeted. “I am an imperfect human and I’m not afraid to say it. I’m sorry and I’m not afraid to say it.”