Before it was announced publicly that Ringo Starr would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Award for Musical Excellence recipient, the former Beatle’s onetime bandmate, Paul McCartney, phoned the drummer to give him the good news. McCartney joined The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday to talk about Starr being enshrined in the Rock Hall.
“I was talking to a friend and he said ‘Brian Epstein is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’ I said ‘That’s great, because he’s the Beatles manager,'” McCartney told Fallon. “He says, ‘Yeah, but Ringo’s not in yet.’ I said, ‘Whoa. Wait a minute. We can’t have that…’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you got to put Ringo in. He’s very famous.”
McCartney also revealed that his favorite Starr solo cuts are “Back Off Boogaloo” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” Fallon then shared his spot-on Beatles impressions.
Rolling Stone spoke to Starr after it was announced that he’d be joining Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the Rock Hall’s Class of 2015.
“[McCartney] said, ‘Would you accept the award?'” Starr said of the Fab Four bassist’s phone call. “I said, ‘Sure, man.’ He said he’d been talking to Dave Grohl and other people and they were stunned that I wasn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he needed something to do that night and he’s going to give me the award.”
“I didn’t know that George and John were in it,” Starr added. “I’m not keeping up with it all the time. We’ll have a very nice evening and it’ll be my pleasure to receive the award… And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land.”