It’s been 27 years since The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, Ringo Starr will be one of just 21 performers to be inducted twice, and the only to be inducted in two different categories. Starr discusses the honor and his life and times with The Beatles on the April 17th edition of Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock.
“Paul McCartney was the instigator,” Starr said. “He called me to say, ‘They’re going to put you in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and he’s going to do the induction and would I accept? And I said, ‘Oh yeah, sure!’”
Listen to part one from the interview here, where Starr discusses the creation of his latest solo album, Postcards from Paradise. The full feature will air April 17 on affiliate stations, and will be available online here.
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Paul Shaffer has been David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years. Shaffer spent five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” during which he played keyboards, composed special musical material, served as musical director for The Blues Brothers, and was a featured performer (which included his unforgettable Don Kirshner impression). Shaffer composed the LATE SHOW theme song and co-wrote the timeless classic “It’s Raining Men,” and has recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers, in addition to his own albums, “Coast to Coast” (1989) and “The World’s Most Dangerous Party” (1993.) He has appeared in numerous feature films, including portraying prototypical promo man Artie Fufkin in the seminal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” His first book, We’ll Be Here For The Rest of Our Lives – A Swingin’ Showbiz Saga, was released in 2009.
Grammy-winner Shaffer has served as musical producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria since its inception in 1986, and led the band for the “We Are the World” finale of “Live Aid.” Shaffer hosted CBS’s 1994 New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square and was musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Olympic Games. He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show and was musical director of the 1999 “Concert of the Century” at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Gloria Estefan, and ‘N Sync. He was the musical director of Paul McCartney’s “Concert for New York” and appeared with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon, both of which honored and raised money for victims of 9/11.
Paul Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was recently awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is currently the National Spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. He lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.
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