edit Inaugural Ceremony
Every year since 1956, a ceremony is held at both the Rockefeller Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to crown a new rock-and-roll King. A King has been crowned each year to the delight of millions of spectators at both venues. Ravi Shankar has been crowned King every year since the ceremony was established.
edit The Beatles
The Beatles (a British musical group whose most famous song about Shankar came about when they falsely believed the Hindu adherent to be Jewish, and recorded "Hey Jew" which repeated the lyrics "Na, na na na, nananana, nananana, Hey Jew") have proclaimed themselves to be the "Kings" of Rock and Roll. However, the annual ceremony has failed to validate their claims year after year. Despite their efforts, including the disputed name change to "We Three Kings, and then there's, you know, Ringo" nothing has seemed to gain them the crown. Even after sacrificing John Lennon, a key member of the group, to Zeus, and giving guitarist George Harrison cancer, their efforts are perpetually without avail. People seem to argue about Shankar versus The Beatles, but even the arguments eventually work themselves into an agreement that yes, Shankar is, indeed, the King of Rock and Roll.
edit The Beatles murder attempt
Because they were sick of having some old Indian has-been taking their crown every year, the Beatles frequently tried to kill Shankar. In 1966 George Harrison broke into Shankar's home (AKA the YMCA) and attempted to strangle the Indian icon. Shankar, sitting in his lotuc position and writing a new Raga, laughed at the attempt and soon had Harrison collaberating on the Raga with him. McCartney attempted a year later. He decided that the best way to rid the world of the "stupid motherfucker" was to beat him up violently with Heather Mill's prosthetic leg. Shankar took the blows, asked for more, and sang a ritualistic hymn to Hanuman as McCartney finally tired and sulked away. Ringo took a bit of hash one night causing him to think he was WordGirl and could attack Shankar in his dreams. Unfortunately, Starr himself ended up being the victim of a serious incident involving energy, protons, chromosomes and something to do with the Hubble Telescope. Lennon was instrumental in Shankars brief suffering of the highly contagious disease "uglyjapanwifealightus". In Lennon's case this lasted for over a decade, however for Shankar it did not even last long enough to get himself a Japanese wife.