When it comes to some of the most lasting icons of rock and roll, few would argue that the Beatles don’t have a place among them. Most of the band’s members, including Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, have been honored with a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, it’s time for the final member of the band to take his place there as well, and he’ll be directly welcomed in a ceremony by the Beatles frontman himself.
According to BBC News, Paul McCartney will officially induct Beatles drummer Ringo Starr into the elite club of musical icons in the Hall’s class of 2015, when the ceremony takes place at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall on April 18th. While the Beatles were inducted into the hall as a band in 1988, Starr is the only member who has yet to be inducted as a solo performer. John Lennon was inducted as a solo performer in 1994, Paul McCartney in 1999, and George Harrison in 2004. Starr’s induction as a solo performer will round out the dual-presence of every member of the Beatles after it takes place next month.
The other members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 include Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the “5” Royales, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, and Green Day. Starr’s induction is classified under receiving an “Award for Musical Excellence,” while the “5” Royales are being inducted under the “Early Influence” category. All other inductees this year are entering the Hall of Fame under the “Performer” category.
Ringo was quoted in a recent issue of Rolling Stone saying that his induction means “recognition” for his own work outside of the Beatles’ massive sphere of influence, also adding, “And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land.”
At the ceremony itself, Eagle Joe Walsh will perform some of Starr’s music. Musical artists become eligible for recognition in the prestigious hall 25 years after the release of their first work. Although many Beatles fans are likely pleased that Ringo will join his fellow bandmembers in a class on his own, it’s nice to see him being recognized for his entire body of work.
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