Ringo Starr was the last member of The Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he said that he was only inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame due to the intervention of another celebrity.
Why was Ringo Starr inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The Beatles entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists in 1994, 1999 and 2004, respectively. Ringo was not included as a solo artist until 2015.
during an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres commented that Ringo’s involvement was long overdue. She mentioned that Paul would be at the ceremony. “Well, I’m only doing it because of Paul,” remarked Ringo. He stated that he was not trying to be inducted, but that Paul insisted on being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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Ringo said that Paul was at a dinner where he learned that The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein was entering the Hall of Fame. At dinner, someone mentioned that Ringo had not earned the same respect as a solo artist. After some time, Paul calls Ringo and asks if he wants to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Ringo agreed to accept the honor.
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Paul joins Ringo. During his speech, he recalled an important moment when he, John and George saw Ringo playing the drums while playing a song. Paul did not remember which song Ringo was playing. He thought it might be Ray Charles’ “What shall I say”.
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“It was a little difficult to do, but Ringo nailed it,” Paul said. “Yeah – Ringo nailed it! And I remember that moment, standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and the look on our faces was like, ‘F*** u. This What?’ And that was the moment, that was the beginning, really, of The Beatles.”
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Ringo began his speech with a simple introduction. “My name is Ringo and I play the drums,” he said. “I want to thank Paul for all the great things he told us. Some of them are true.”
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Ringo discussed coming to the Hall of Fame later than the other Beatles. “You know, it’s a great honor to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said. “I was doing press and they’re all saying, ‘Well, why did you wait so long?’
“It has nothing to do with me,” Ringo said. “You have to be invited. But anyway, apparently I have been invited and I like it.” Ringo could have been included very quickly; however, he was happy to be there.