Will it be “Sir Ringo” or “Sir Richard Starkey”?
The former Beatles drummer isn’t saying, but he has said he is pleased to have been knighted for his service to music.
The honor, bestowed by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, is 53 years after the Liverpool quartet received Members of the British Empire. It’s also 21 years after Paul McCartney, the Beatles’ bass guitarist, received knighthood.
Starr, 77, announced what he would do with the new medal: “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast.”
He was with the Beatles from 1962 through 1970, when the band disbanded. During that time, he sang lead on several hits, including “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Yellow Submarine,” and wrote or contributed to songs including “Octopus’ Garden.”
His post-Beatles, solo career has included several hit songs and popular albums, and he had a good run as Mr. Conductor on the PBS children’s show “Shining Time Station.”
Readers of Rolling Stone named him fifth-greatest drummer of all time. He has been nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, both as a Beatle and for his solo career.
Two remastered albums, “Ringo” and “Goodnight Vienna,” were reissued and became available Feb. 9.
He is still touring with his All Starr Band, and will begin a 21-date European tour in June.
He also has become a familiar, genial face on social media with his “Peace and Love” slogan, including GIFs with him flashing a peace sign.
His book “Postcards From the Boys” is exactly that–a compilation of postcards that fellow Beatles McCartney and the late John Lennon and George Harrison have sent him over the years. Proceeds benefited the Lotus Foundation charity.