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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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A hotel visitors’ book signed by all four members of the Beatles is expected to fetch about £10,000 at auction.
The Fab Four checked in to The Bull Hotel in Peterborough on 2 December 1962, ahead of a gig in the city.
Their handwritten entries might have left the owner a little concerned, however, as Paul McCartney wrote that he expected to have 58 people in his room, and John Lennon would have 33.
Omega Auctions, from Merseyside will put it under the hammer on 24 March.

While both Lennon and McCartney indicated they intended to have parties in their rooms after the gig at the city’s Embassy Cinema venue, their fellow band members seemed to have a quieter night planned.
George Harrison said there would be two staying in his room while Ringo Starr and manager Brian Epstein said they would be alone.
McCartney may have been doing the driving for some of the group as he was the only one who filled in his car registration in the directory.
“It is a unique piece of early memorabilia and will have huge appeal with collectors worldwide,” auctioneer Paul Fairweather said.
The directory will be auctioned at the company’s Newton-le-Willows showroom.



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Michael Caine broke the hearts of his fanbase when he discussed potential retirement earlier this week – but put potential plans to one side to celebrate his birthday with Paul. Sir Michael Caine is undoubtedly one of the biggest Brit acting icons of all time – having celebrated over sixty years in the movie business.
The Dark Knight star has over 167 films under his belt, but undoubtedly his most iconic movie is 1969’s The Italian Job, which saw him coin the iconic phrase: “You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”
The acting legend turned 85 on Wednesday and to celebrate he attended the My Generation film screening at the British Film Institute.
He was joined by Paul, at the unveiling of his new documentary that pays tribute to the swinging sixties – arguably Sir Michael’s most iconic decade in acting.
The two sirs were pictured together in a snap with Paul standing behind a seated Sir Michael.
Sir Michael is currently working on a number of projects including The King Of Thieves – based on the now-infamous Hatton Garden heist.