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It’s taken a long time, but Richard Starkey, known to the world as Ringo Star beloved drummer for what many consider the greatest band in the history of Rock and Roll, just became the last Beatle to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. He was the Beatles second drummer following Pete Best, who was not as good a drummer, and didn’t have the flamboyant personality personified by the many rings on Ringo’s fingers that enamored him to Beatles fans and propelled his fame. At the time of the group’s great success many critics denigrated his drumming skills, but the truth was that he was like a human Metronome, able to keep a steady beat even when the crowd noise made it almost impossible for him to hear his fellow band mates, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison singing and playing. He has also has said that it was helpful to the cohesion of the group that his personality merged nicely with the others.
After the Beatles broke up in the early 70’s there were still snarky comments about how important Ringo’s drumming really had been to the Beatle’s success, with some saying any good drummer could have filled his chair. In fact, in April of 1976 Lorne Michaels, creator of Saturday Night Live,” went on-camera and made a tongue-in-cheek offer of $3000 to the Beatles to reunite and play one more time on the show. But he took a shot at Ringo saying, “Divide up the the $3000 any way you want, if you want to give Ringo less that’s up to you.” Ringo laughed it off, but those close to him say he was hurt. However, soon Mr. Starkey would show the world, when as a single act he scored three Number One singles 1973 and 1974, selling millions of records and constantly heard on the radio.
Ringo performs his 1973 hit "Photograph" at the 2014 Grammys
In 1989 Ringo formed and fronted the “All Starr Band,” that still performs on a regular basis with a changing group of rock musicians, each of which is required to have had at least 3 hit singles in the past, so that Ringo can intersperse their hits with his own during the shows drumming and singing along. The “All Starr Band’s” shows have been popular over the years, and old Beatles fans love to see the impish appearing man jumping around the stage with a big grin, obviously enjoying the adulation.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Live - Greek Theater, Los Angeles, 7/9/2014
In 1988, the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and John, Paul and George were inducted in later years as individual performers. As time passed, the omission of the group’s drummer was a glaring exception, and once again hurt as if his contribution wasn’t that important, Ringo laughed it off. Finally, on Saturday, April 18, 2015, Ringo Starr stood proudly by as his close friend and former band mate Paul McCartney, made an admiring speech lauding Ringo’s drumming and his importance to the Beatles. Then Ringo Starr sat down at his drum kit, and kept that old steady beat for Paul and the other musicians thrilled to be playing with the two remaining members of the world’s greatest band.
Ringo Starr inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 19, 2015