Ringo Starr received the Musical Excellence Award at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ceremony, which was presented to him by Paul McCartney. McCartney also gave a heartfelt speech about his former Beatles bandmate at last night’s event at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Yoko Ono was also in attendance in order to witness this legendary night for Starr. “No one is probably going to believe it but he was the most influential Beatle,” Ono boldly stated. Ono questioned why the drummer was the last Beatles’ member to receive the Rock Hall’s Musical Excellence Award. “For some reason John got it, then George got it, then Paul got it. So why didn’t they think about Ringo,” Ono asked. Starr also acknowledged he was happy to be finally inducted into the Rock Hall as a solo artist.
“You know, it’s a great honor to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I was doing the press and they’re all saying,’well, why did you wait so long,’ Starr explained during his induction speech. He continued,”It has nothing to do with me. You have to be invited. Anyway, apparently I’m invited and I love it.” A very proud Ono said that John Lennon’s personality would “go up and down and all that.” She added,”But Ringo was always just very gentle. He really believed in peace and love.” Starr joins the class of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees which also includes the late Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The “5” Royales, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
As a solo musician, Starr has released eighteen studio albums. Some of his projects include Sentimental Journey, Beaucoups of Blues, Old Wave, Goodnight Vienna, Time Takes Time, Ringo’s Rotogravure, Stop and Smell the Roses, and Choose Love. The drummer’s latest project entitled Postcards from Paradise was put out March 31, 2015. “Rory and the Hurricanes,” “You Bring the Party Down,” “Postcards from the Paradise,” “Not Looking Back,” and “Let Love Lead” are some of the songs on the album. Postcards from Paradise features songs penned by Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Gregg Rolie, Gary Burr, and more.
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