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Ringo Starr of The Beatles and Bee Gees's Barry Gibb to be knighted

Ringo Starr, the drummer of The Beatles, is receiving a knighthood and becoming Sir Ringo. The knighthood is the highest-ranking honour from Queen Elizabeth II. Starr, who joined The Beatles shortly before the British band hit the big time, had been made a member of the British Empire in 1965. Barry Gibb, the oldest and last surviving brother of pop group the Bee Gees, has also been tapped for a knighthood. Gibb and his two brothers founded the band in the 1950s but enjoyed phenomenal success in the 1970s’ disco era with the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack. Another knighthood is being given to the actor Hugh Laurie, who became famous with Stephen Fry in their double-act comedy, ‘Fry and Laurie’ and for appearing in ‘Blackadder’. A total of 1,123 people are to receive recognition for their work in the Queen's New Year honours list.

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