The world’s most famous drummer, Ringo Starr, turned 81 this week.

Ringo’s life and career are the stuff of legend–he is arguably the person who inspired more people to want to play drums than anyone else in rock and roll history.

Let’s take a look at some of his incredible career highlights:

He was appointed as one of the ‘Members of the Order of the British Empire’ during the queen’s birthday celebrations in 1965.

In 1971, the ‘Beatles’ won an ‘Academy Award’ for ‘Best Original Song Score’ for the film ‘Let It Be.’

He was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1988 along with other members of ‘The Beatles.’

In 2010, he was honored with a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame.’

In 2013, he was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ for his successful solo career.

His inimitable style of drumming gave the Beatles their signature sound. Check out some of the world’s greatest drummers paying tribute to Ringo: