3/21/2018 5:10:16 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
He sang the lead in With A Little Help From My Friends and Yellow Submarine, laid the beat for the rest of the Fab Four, and finally got a gong that makes him rock’s latest knight. Richard Starkey, aka Ringo Starr, is Sir Ringo now, or to be more precise Sir Richard.
The 77-year-old former Beatles drummer who arrived at Buckingham Palace with his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977), went down on his knees to be touched with a sword by Prince William -- and rose, a knight. An honour he now shares with former bandmate Paul McCartney, who was knighted in 1997. They met in Los Angeles recently, he said, adding: “I had dinner with [Paul] last week and we were both actually laughing about where we came from, and we've ended up in the palace and it's now Sir Paul and Sir Richard.”
Ringo is the second and last Beatle to be knighted. The honour eluded George Harrison, who died aged 58 in 2001, four years after he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and John Lennon, shot dead at 40 in New York in 1980.
Asked whether he wanted to be known as Sir Ringo, the former Beatle replied: "I don't know yet. It's new and I don't know how you use it properly." Turning to BBC reporter Colin Paterson, he added: "But I expect you to use it."
The old boy has not lost his sense of humour. About the medal, he joked, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast."
"It means a lot actually," he said. "It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."
The honour comes 53 years after the Beatles were all awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire). Ringo said he missed his former bandmates this time at the Buckingham Palace. "I was a bit shaky today on my own," he said.
Ringo joined The Beatles in 1962, replacing the original drummer, Pete Best. After the band split up in 1970, Ringo like the other Beatles launched a solo career. He came out with his 19th studio album, Give More Love, in 2017.
Other knighted musicians include Mick Jagger, Elton John, David Bowie, Barry Gibb, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison.