When John Lennon was asked by a reporter whether his bandmate Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world, the mercurial songwriter famously quipped: “best drummer in the world? He’s not even the best drummer in the band.”
However, thanks to a little help from his friends, Ringo was this weekend inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Beatles drummer was recognised at a ceremony in the US as “one of the greatest and most creative drummers” in the music genre’s history.
Starr, real name Richard Starkey, was introduced by Sir Paul McCartney and humbly told the crowd, which included Yoko Ono, “My name is Ringo and I play drums”.
The 74-year-old is the last of the Fab Four to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his solo work. He was joined onstage by Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh for a rendition of Starr’s 1971 hit Don’t Come Easy, before performing Beatles classic With A Little Help From My Friends with Sir Paul.
The drummer, who just released a new album called Postcards From Paradise, was the first member of the band to really establish a solo career after the Beatles split in 1970 releasing two albums before the end of the year.
It Don’t Come Easy reached the top five, before getting to number two a year later with Back Off Boogaloo.
Starr continued to play on solo albums by his fellow Beatles as well as featuring on records including George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass and John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band.
Other inductees at the event, held in Cleveland, Ohio, included soul singer Bill Withers, Lou Reed and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
“My name is Ringo and I play drums”.