Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb to be Knighted

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.”

Barry 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.”

 
 
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