Happy 80th Birthday Ringo Starr: 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction
One of the world’s most iconic drummers, Ringo Starr, was born in Liverpool on this date in 1940. The 80-year-old musician joined the Beatles in 1962 and played a key role in their success. He then embarked on solo career filled with highlights that continues through the present.
Ringo isn’t a flashy drummer but he has a tight, technically-proficient style all his own that influenced multiple generations of drummers that followed in his footsteps. Starr also is a talented singer, who’s the voice behind Beatles classics such as “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Octopus’s Garden,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Don’t Pass Me By.” The Liverpool native scored himself a number of post-Beatles hits including “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “You’re Sixteen.” In 1989, Ringo teamed with an impressive array of musicians as Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band for a tour that would be the first of many featuring a revolving lineup including one originally scheduled for this year, which was postponed due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Starr is one of a handful of artists inducted multiple times into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. While in 1988 the Beatles were among the third class of Rock Hall inductees, Ringo received the honor as a solo artist in 2015. Starr was inducted by Paul McCartney and performed four songs at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on April 18, 2015. Green Day joined Starr for a cover of “Boys,” while Joe Walsh added to “It Don’t Come Easy.” McCartney, Green Day and a slew of other artists were on hand for “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
Watch Paul induct Ringo, Starr’s acceptance speech and the performances below: