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Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb slated for knighthood


That’s Sir Ringo to you.


Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is set to receive one of the British monarchy’s highest honors.


The Fab Four member and Bee Gees guitarist Barry Gibb have been selected for knighthood, Britain’s Cabinet Office announced late Friday.


The two musicians will join an A-list crew of rockers who have received the title in the past, including Starr’s bandmate Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Van Morrison.


“It’s great!” Starr, 77, said in a statement after learning Queen Elizabeth II had dubbed him worthy of knighthood. “It’s an honor and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”


Ringo, whose real name is Richard Starkey, earned the honor for his services to music, according to the Cabinet Office.


Known as the “funny” Beatle, Starr sang such classics as “Octopus’ Garden” and “Yellow Submarine.”


John Lennon also credited Ringo’s quirky turns of phrase for standouts like “Hard Day’s Night” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.”


The drummer also had a successful solo career after the Beatles disbanded.


McCartney, who is already a knight and lobbied for his Beatle buddy to receive the award, sung Starr’s praises on Saturday.


“Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul,” McCartney said in a tweet.


Gibb, 71, was honored with the title for his services to music and charity.


He started the Bee Gees with his twin brothers in the 1950s but the band began topping the charts in the 1970s. He dedicated the award to Robin Gibb, who died in 2012, and Maurice Gibb, who died in 2003.


“I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honor,” Gibb said. “It is as much theirs as it is mine.”

“I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honor,” Barry Gibb said. “It is as much theirs as it is mine.”

(Larry Busacca/Getty Images)


The knight in shining disco pants helped craft timeless dance hits like “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your love,” which were on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.


“This is a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten,” he said.


The Cabinet Office publishes a list of people receiving knighthood honors just before New Year’s Eve and in June, on the day Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is officially observed.


The honor is given out for merit, service or bravery.


The public initially suggests nominations. Two committees review the suggestions before sending on a short list to the prime minister. The queen and senior royals then bestow the honor.


Aside from Starr and Gibb, the Cabinet Office also announced two other honorees.


Children’s author Michael Morpurgo, 74, earned his knighthood for his celebrated book, “War Horse,” which chronicles the friendship between a boy and a horse named Joey. The book also became a play.


“There was never a knight that has owed so much to his horse as this one — and in fact, we will give the knighthood to Joey and call him Sir Joey,” Morpurgo said.


Former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was also selected for knighthood for his service in politics.


Clegg, 50, fought to keep Britain in the European Union before voters decided to break ties with a referendum in 2016. He also resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats after his party fared poorly the 2015 election.


Since his departure, he has continued to speak out against Brexit, which ushered in Britain’s exit from the EU in 2019.


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