Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Ringo Starr: Ringo

Ringo, by Ringo Starr, was released in 1973. Besides being a big success, tremendous fun, and sporting a fantastic roster of guest musicians, Ringo managed to reunite The Beatles! Well, it contains songs written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison (along with musical contributions from the drummer’s ex-bandmates).

Four of the 5 members of The Band all played on various songs, as well as Marc Bolan, Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins, Steve Cropper, and many others.

Ringo himself plays his unmistakable drum style on all tracks and sings lead vocals on all songs.

The songs Photograph, You’re Sixteen, and Oh My My all scored big on the charts.

I remember owning this one on vinyl and being fascinated with the album cover art (and the booklet of lyrics and artwork to accompany each song).

Ringo was obviously overshadowed in writing and singing by the other members of The Beatles, but he was always charming and lovable, and played perfectly for the songs.

Ringo is a testament to how many stars wanted to play with THE Starr. With a little help from my friends indeed!

One thought on “Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

  1. There are those who disagree but I think no Ringo- no Beatles. He was certainly the least talented of the four but a perfect drummer for them- and chemistry is important- he fit in perfectly with John, Paul and George- and as you said was always charming and lovable- every band needs a Ringo to succeed.

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