Today’ Cool Album of the Day (#575 in the Series) is Ringo Starr, Ringo
People sometimes forget that directly after The Beatles breakup, that you wouldn’t have been necessarily wrong if you said Ringo had the early lead on best Beatle solo career. He really did have a nice run of hits in the early 70’s.
It began with “It Don’t Come Easy” (which was just a single) which was a huge hit. It was followed up by two #1 hits from the Ringo album. “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. As an album, the Ringo album reached as high as #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
‘It Don’t Come Easy’ was co-written with George Harrison. Did you know that Steven Stills played piano on this song? Wow, the stuff you find out when you put this thing together!
You really should take a look at the musicians that added to this project. You’ll see names like Marc Bolan (He of T.Rex fame), David Bromberg, and Steve Cropper. They all played guitar. Levon Helm (mandolin) and Rick Danko (violin) Robbie Robertson (guitar) and Garth Hudson (accordion) of The Band make an appearance.
You’ll also see the names of Harry Nilsson, Billy Preston, Martha Reeves, Tom Scott, Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins and of course, George, Paul and John.
John wrote the first song “The Greatest” it also featured John on a very prominent harmony vocal part. John can be heard quite clearly on the song.
Paul helped Ringo out as well as he wrote the song ”Six O’Clock”
The album was produced by Richard Perry,he also had hits with Leo Sayer, Diana Ross, the Manhattan Transfer.
UPDATE: Look for a new Ringo album in 2012. Info here on Ringo’s site
- “I’m the Greatest” (John Lennon) – 3:21
- “Have You Seen My Baby” (Randy Newman) – 3:44
- “Photograph” (Harrison/Starkey) – 3:56
- “Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)” (Harrison) – 2:45
- “You’re Sixteen” (Bob Sherman/Dick Sherman) – 2:48
- “Oh My My” (Poncia/Starkey) – 4:16
- “Step Lightly” (Starkey) – 3:15
- “Six O’Clock” (P. McCartney) – 4:06
- “Devil Woman” (Poncia/Starkey) – 3:50
- “You and Me (Babe)” (Harrison/Mal Evans) – 4:59
- Ringo Starr -Dancer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
- Marc Bolan – Guitar
- James Booker – Piano
- David Bromberg – Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Violin
- Jimmy Calvert – Guitar
- Merry Clayton -Vocals
- Steve Cropper – Guitar
- Rick Danko – Fiddle, Violin
- Chuck Finley – Horn
- George Harrison – Guitar, Vocal
- Levon Helm – Mandolin
- Tom Hensley – Keyboards, Piano
- Milt Holland -Marimba, Percussion
- Nicky Hopkins – Guitar, Piano
- Garth Hudson – Accordion
- Jim Keltner – Drums
- Bobby Keys – Sax
- John Lennon – Piano, Vocals
- Linda McCartney – Vocals
- Paul McCartney – Flute Arrangement, Keyboards, Mouth Sax, Piano, Saxophone, String Arrangements, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
- Harry Nilsson – Vocals
- Richard Perry – Producer, Vocals
- Vini Poncia – Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
- Billy Preston – Keyboards, Organ, Piano
- Martha Reeves – Vocals
- Robbie Robertson – Guitar
- Tom Scott – Clarinet, Horn, Saxophone
- Derrek Van Eaton – Percussion
- Don Van Eaton – Percussion
- Lon Van Eaton – Percussion
- Klaus Voormann Bass, Vocals
- OFFICIAL Ringo Website
- See our piece on the Live Ringo All-Starr Band Album
- See Out Feature on The Beatles Revolver
- See Our Feature on Sir Paul’s, Tug Of War
- See other albums from 1982
- See other features from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members