Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has finally broken free of the legacy of his time with the “fab four.” At long last, Starr will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame this weekend alongside Green Day, Lou Reed, and [posthumously] Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ringo Starr will be inducted by his former Beatles bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney.
Ringo Starr is the last of the “Fab Four” to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. It is surprising that it took so long for Starr to be inducted because, as reported by SFGate he was the first former Beatle to achieve solo hits. Ringo Starr had a string of hits with the likes of “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Back Off Boogaloo” and “Photograph,” while the other Beatles were still considering the direction their careers would take.
The NY Daily News reports that Ringo Starr recently told The Times that he was so angry after the breakup of the Beatles that he turned to booze and lost whole years of his life as a result. As reported by theInquisitr, 74-year-old Starr said that the decades after the Beatles split were all a blur for him.
“I was mad for 20 years. I had breaks in between of not being. I was drunk, I didn’t notice, some of those years are absolutely gone.”
Starr cleaned up in 1988 when he and his actress wife, Barbara Bach, went into rehab. Starr says he lives in L.A. and lives a much simpler and healthier lifestyle.
“I do live healthily, I’m a vegetarian and I eat a lot of kale and broccoli. And a lot of berries. It works for me.”
According to Stuff NZ Ringo Starr credits his old buddy Paul McCartney for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“They were all surprised that I wasn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and [Paul] talked to somebody and they’re going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he’s going to give me away like I’m the bride and I will accept, even though there’s very little record industry left, I like to make records because I write.”
Ringo Starr has just released new album Postcards From Paradise and says that this album like its 17 predecessors contains tracks that are autobiographical. According to The Express, Starr claims to do this because he won’t write an autobiography.
“I write snippets of my life on each album. I’ve been invited to write it by several publishing houses but I don’t feel they’re interested in my autobiography, only in the eight years I was in The Beatles.”
With his forthcoming induction it looks like Ringo Starr has finally shaken off the legacy of the Beatles.
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