Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
Ringo (1973) by Richard Starkey is the closest The Beatles ever came to a reunion.
In 1973, Starkey (Ringo Starr) called out for musicians to perform on his third solo album. Respondents included a Who’s Who of soul, rock and jazz: Mark Bolan, James Booker, Merry Clayton, Steve Cropper, Levon Helm, Milt Holland, Randy Newman, Harry Nillson, Martha Reeves, Tom Scott, and Steven Stills. The sessions produced hits like “Oh My My” and “Step Lightly.”
But the most significant guest artists were Ringo’s former band mates: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Billy Preston, “The Fifth Beatle.” Harrison served as co-writer and performer on three songs. The most outstanding was “Photograph,” one of Ringo’s greatest hits. Harrison also provided guitar backing on “It Don’t Come Easy,” a bonus track on the album’s 1991 re-issue version.
Paul and wife Linda McCartney added “Six O’Clock;” Paul also performed kazoo on Ringo’s hit cover of “You’re Sixteen.” Lennon wrote “I Am The Greatest,” and performed it with Starr, Harrison, and Preston. The McCartney sessions were recorded in London because Paul was facing drug charges in the USA.
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