Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb

LONDON  — Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and Bee Gee Barry Gibb are one of the celebrated citizens who’ve been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the title of Britain’s monarch.

Britain’s Cabinet Office publishes a year a listing of the folks receiving honors for bravery, service or meritbefore New Year’s Eve, also at June when Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is observed.

The New Year’s Honors List made public late Friday disclosed that Starr and Gibb, the oldest and last surviving of those brothers who made up the pop group the Bee Gees, have been tapped because knights, the maximum honor, giving them the right to call themselves Sir in the uk.

Starr, 77, who has an MBE (Member of the British Empire) awarded to each of the Beatles in 1965, is getting the knighthood 20 years after the only other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, 75, was knighted.

“It’s fantastic!” Friday, Starr said of his knighthood at a brief message. “It’s an honour and a joy to be considered and acknowledged for my songs and my charity work, each of which I adore. Peace and enjoy. Ringo.”

Gibb  said he was devoting his knighthood to his overdue bandmates, twin brothers Robin Gibb, who perished in 2012, and Maurice Gibb, who died in 2003.

“I want to acknowledge how accountable my brothers are with this honor,” said Gibb, 71. “It’s as much theirs as it is mine.”

Also is 74, Michael Morpurgo, the children’s author. Actor Hugh Laurie, 58, who  made a splash in the U.S. as Dr. Gregory House on House M.D. and already the possessor of an OBE (Officer of the British Empire), will get an update to CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to drama.

Scores of politicians, scientists, renowned volunteers, researchers, dancers and actors also are about the honors list.

The honors procedure begins with nominations from the public, which are reviewed by a professional committee and then by a honors committee. The nominations are then sent into the minister before the queen or senior royals bestows the honors.

The awards will be handed out by the queen or royals in palace ceremonies early in the year.

The upcoming knight is recorded as Richard Starkey, a Liverpudlian being admired for services for music, but the world knows him as Ringo Starr, drummer for a few of the most well-known bands in the history of recorded music.

He also missed the Beatles’ hardscrabble years, even if they had to scramble to get a gig and play with clubs in Germany to get by, linking John Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison before they rocketed to stardom.

There were flashier drummers in the rock pantheon — Ginger Baker and Keith Moon come to mind — but Starr match the band’s approach playing as the group’s music uncanny style and creativity. The drum components in Ticket to Ride, Rain and Strawberry Fields Forever   are seen as masterful contributions to timeless songs.

Starr had a way of mangling words that pleased Lennon, who used the offhand of Starr quips to develop Tomorrow Never Knows and A Hard Day’s Night to the songs.

He’s enjoyed a successful solo recording career since the Beatles broke up in 1970 and continues to tour with a outfit. Each display includes a performance of With a Little Help from My Friends, his signature tune from the Sgt. Pepper album.

Gibb was  recognized to music and charity.   “This is a moment in life to be treasured rather than forgotten,” he said.

The Bee Gees formed in the late 1950s and enjoyed two distinct periods of commercial success: Initially as a Beatles-influenced pop band and later as leading avatars of the disco movement, particularly about the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack that achieved global Popularity.    

The band enjoyed phenomenal success in the disco era of the 1970s, racking up album sales and always topping the singles charts.

Author Morpurgo, 74, says he is giving his knighthood into Joey, the literary horse at the middle of his 1982 book War Horse  along with the wildly successful drama which followed 2007, bringing him worldwide fame. Steven Spielberg made to a 2011 movie it.

The story chronicles the friendship between a boy Joey, and his horse. It was staged with.

Morpurgo has been knighted for his writing in addition to for his charitable works, but he states the effects of the production staged by the National Theatre and the honor is really about War Horse.

“There was never a knight that has owed so much to his horse as this one — and in reality, we’ll give the knighthood into Joey and call him Sir Joey,” stated Morpurgo, a former school teacher. He said it was the “good good luck” of his writing life to be linked to the play.