Ringo Starr receives honorary degree from Boston School of Music

BOSTON (AP) — Ringo Starr finally traveled to Boston on Thursday to receive his honorary degree from Berklee College of Music.

The school originally announced that the Beatles drummer would be awarded a Doctor of Music degree during launch ceremonies in May, but Starr was unable to attend and instead addressed the graduating class in a registered statement.

But with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band in town for a show, the school held a special ceremony Thursday to honor his lifelong contributions to the music scene which included performances of Starr’s hit songs, arranged and performed by Berklee students.

Starr, 81, told how he started playing drums when he was 13 and was very ill and someone brought percussion instruments to the hospital to keep him busy. He was hooked.

“I just wanted to be a drummer from then on,” he said at Thursday’s ceremony. “It was my big dream and it still comes true. I can play with great guys, like the band here. It’s just a good life I lead.

All Starr Band drummer Gregg Bissonette and Berklee President Erica Muhl gave opening remarks.


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