Arise, Sir Richard! Ringo Starr is knighted for services to music

Ringo Starr is to be knighted in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s honours list, it has been announced. It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. RingoRingo StarrThe 77-year-old drummer and singer for services to music, after being made a Knight Bachelor. In 1965 Starr, along with the other Beatles, had been made an MBE.Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul Starr has never been particularly politically outspoken, but in September 2017 told the BBC’s Newsnight that he would have voted in favour of Britain leaving the European Union. It is not known whether this influenced the pro-Brexit Conservative government’s decision to award him the knighthood.TONIGHT: Starr’s acceptance of the knighthood suggests a change of heart since 2003, when he recorded the song Elizabeth Reigns for his album Ringo Rama. The song’s lyrics suggested opposition towards the monarchy, and even ends with the spoken aside: “Well, there goes me knighthood.”A letter unsent Entombed in cement And hung from the hanging tree God save the Queen If you know what I mean We don’t really need a kingSix hundred servantsUse her detergentScrubbing the palace floorAnd all of your sins areAs big as the WindsorsSo lets point our fingersNo moreElizabeth ReignsElsie and Harry would be tickled beyond belief to know that their boy – who was raised in such humble circumstances, and twice defied death in his childhood – is now Sir Richard Starkey. That’s an extraordinary accomplishment and this is great news. Congratulations, Sir Ringo.— Mark Lewisohn (@marklewisohn)

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