Ringo Starr Inducts T. Rex Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr inducted T. Rex into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night during a virtual event televised on HBO and HBO Max.

“People knew him as a great musician, a songwriter, a guitarist. But he was also a poet, and he was very proud of that,” Starr said of bandleader Marc Bolan, who died in 1977 at the age of 29. “He was always telling me that he was the No. 1-selling poet in Britain. In fact, his poetry was as important to him as his music.”

Praising Bolan’s vibrant personality, Starr said, “He was a great performer, just incredible.”

“We lost [Bolan] way too young, but in his short life he made over 12 albums that are as far out and ahead of their time as he was. With the help of Tony Visconti and his band T. Rex, Marc’s style started a lot of trends,” he added.

“They called it glam rock, with singles such as ‘Get It On,’ ‘Children of the Revolution’ and, of course, ‘Born to Boogie.’ But it was always just great music to me,” Starr said. “And that’s why people are still listening to T. Rex today. There’s no doubt they belong in the hall of fame, finally. And I’m very proud to welcome them in right now.”

Rolan Bolan, who accepted the honor on behalf his father, said, “I really think my dad was put on this earth, not only to play music, but to show off his unique magnetism and charisma. He took inspiration from American music, but formulated his own persona and sound.”

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