Their version of “Grow Old With Me” features Starr on drums and vocals, McCartney on bass and backing vocals, and The Eagles’ Joe Walsh on guitar. Starr said he was motivated to record the song after meeting with Jack Douglas, who produced John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy.
Ringo’s 20th studio album, ‘What’s My Name,’ is the latest in a series of heartfelt and homespun records that Ringo has produced in his home studio with his friends, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Benmont Tench, and many more.
The album will be available digitally and on CD, as well as on black vinyl, and translucent blue vinyl, available exclusively through the Ringo Starr store. Pre-order and listen to the title track “What’s My Name” now!
Included on the album is a cover of John Lennon’s ‘Grow Old with Me’ – featuring Paul McCartney.
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Much has been made in the media over the last few days about a tape recording made by The Beatles of a business meeting at Apple at 3 Savile Row. The recording was made as Ringo was in hospital and the other wanted to hear what had happened at the meeting.
Media reports say it has just been discovered, but actually, it’s been known about in the Beatles’ world since the late 70’s. Anthony Fawcett quotes from it in his book ‘ John Lennon’ One Day at a Time’, published in 1976, and Nicolas Shaffner reports on it in his excellent book ‘The Beatles Forever’ in 1977.
The meeting took place on September 8th 1969. The Beatles had just finished the Abbey Road Album, which was due to be released in 2 weeks time. Many people have assumed since that the Beatles themselves thought it would be the last album they recorded. This meeting shows something different. The Beatles were contemplating a new album, and even a new single, to be released around Christmas time. The Album would be very different though. On the tape, the John, Paul and George, discuss the idea that there would be four songs each by John, Paul and George, and maybe two by Ringo. This seems to acknowledge that the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership is over, and that George is going to have equal and equal number of songs to John and Paul. John says on the tape “We always carved up the singles up between us,” he told Paul. “We have the singles market, they, (George and Ringo) don’t get anything”
Paul replies “Well the thing is, I think until now, until this year, our songs have been better than George’s. Now this year his songs are at least as good as ours”
At this point, George was sitting next to Paul, and countered, “Now that’s a myth, ’cause of these songs I wrote last year, or the year before, anyway. Maybe now I just don’t care whether you are going to like them or not, I just do ’em..if I didn’t get a break I wouldn’t push it, I’d just forget about it. Now for the last two years, at any rate, I’ve pushed it a bit more. Most of my tunes I never had the Beatles backing me”
“Oh Come on George!” John shouted. ” We put a lot of work in your songs, even down to ‘Don’t Bother Me’: we spent a lot of time doing all that and we grooved. I can remember the riff you were playing, and in the last two years there was a period where you went Indiana and we weren’t needed!”
“That was only one tune”, George said, “on the last album [The White Album] I don’t think you appeared on any of my songs – I don’t mind”
“Well you had Eric [Clapton], or somebody like that” replied John.
Paul said to this “When we get in a studio, even on the worse day, I’m still playing bass, Ringo’s still drumming, and we’re still there you know”.
Even though a new album was discussed, it was of course never made. Right after this meeting, John and Yoko flew to Canada for the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Show. On that trip he told his fellow musicians, including Eric Clapton, he was thinking of leaving the Beatles.
On September 20th, a further meeting was held at 3 Savile Row, this time with George absent. That day, the Beatles signed a new improved recording contract with Capital Records. It had been negotiated by Allen Klein, and despite his hate of Klein, Paul signed the contract with the others. However Paul said at the meeting that he wanted the Beatles to go back to basics, and start playing live again in small venues.
John told of his reply in the ‘Beatles Anthology’
“Then we were discussing something in the office with Paul and Paul was saying to do something, and I kept saying, ‘No, no, no’ to everything he said. So it came to a point that I had to say something. So I said, ‘The group’s over, I’m leaving.’ Allen was there, and he was saying, ‘Don’t tell.’ He didn’t want me to tell Paul even. But I couldn’t help it, I couldn’t stop it, it came out.”
Ringo had left the Beatles during the White Album sessions, and George during ‘Let it Be’, and both came back. However this was John Lennon, and he didn’t change his mind. The dream was over.
On September 4th 1962 The Beatles recorded their first single, Love Me Do, at EMI Studios, Abbey Road.
They had first been to the Studios on June 6th 1962, for their first recording session, but nothing from that session was deemed fit to release as the Beatles first single, even though they did record a version of Love Me Do. It was also the first time George Martin and seen them in person, and he wasn’t keen on the drumming of Pete Best. George thought he wasn’t up to drumming on record, and would have a session drummer playing instead. This meant no sense to the Beatles, and decided to replace Pete with Ringo Starr.
In the morning on September 4th the group had flown down from Liverpool Airport. They checked into The Royal Court Hotel in Sloane Square, Chelsea, and arrived at Abbey Road shortly after midday.
Prior to the recording session The Beatles undertook a rehearsal, overseen by EMI’s Ron Richards, during which they repeatedly ran through six songs. Two of these – Love Me Do and How Do You Do It – were chosen to be recorded by the group. Ringo Starr has just replaced the sacked Pete Best, and was keen to impress. However, during this rehearsal, he tried too hard, and made a real hash of his drumming, which had big consequences for him later on.
The rehearsal lasted between 2pm and 5pm. During it they also played a slower, bluesy version of Please Please Me, which featured George Harrison playing the main motif throughout the song.
Between 5pm and 7pm George Martin took The Beatles and Neil Aspinall for spaghetti at the Alpino restaurant on Marylebone High Street, and impressed them with tales of his recording sessions with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.
The recording session began at 7pm. How Do You Do It had been selected by Martin to be The Beatles’ debut single. The group had been sent an acetate demo of the song, written by songwriter Mitch Murray, which had been recorded earlier in 1962 by Barry Mason and the Dave Clark Five at London’s Regent Sound Studios in Denmark Street.
The Beatles rearranged the song to suit their R&B leanings, replacing much of the carefree bounciness of the original demo. However, the Beatles hated the song, and wanted to do Love Me Do instead. You can tell from every note the Beatles played how much they didn’t want to record it.
Finally, the Beatles began work on Love Me Do, laying down the backing track in around 15 takes. After this the vocals were overdubbed. Paul McCartney was unexpectedly given the vocal spotlight in the chorus, after Martin told the group that John Lennon couldn’t play harmonica and sing at the same time.
Around 17 takes were recorded, and the session over-ran by an hour.
Also present during the September 4th recording session was photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took any pictures of the Beatles what became a very historic day. George Harrison is mainly seen in profile, as just before the session, George was given a black eye by a fan at the Cavern Club. However, in some pictures, George’s shiner is clearly visible!
Even after such a long day in the studio, George Martin still wasn’t happy, and the Beatles had to return to the Studio on September 11th to record Love Me Do all over again. This time, George Martin wasn’t going to take any chances with the drumming, and session musician Andy White played drums, while Ringo was given a tambourine to bang, something he never really forgave George Martin for! However, Ringo played tambourine so loudly, it’s hard to hear Andy Whites drumming!
So, there are 3 different versions of Love Me Do released, with 3 different drummers! The Pete Best version is on Anthology One, the Ringo version was on the first single release (funny how this version was chosen, and not the Andy White one!) and Andy White is on the version of the Please Please Me Album.
The different version have caused much confusion over the years. In 2012 EMI planned re-release Love Me Do on it’s 50th anniversary, with an exact replica of the recordings and cover. However, they used the Andy White version by mistake. Thousands of copies of the single had to be send back and thrown away, while the correct version was released! I kept my copy :>)
We go to Abbey Road on my London Beatles Walks – for more info see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW visited Morden Hall Park in south London and one item, a “sensational” self-portrait by the legendary John Lennon and Yoko Ono, left guests stunned by its huge valuation.
The portrait was done shortly after their wedding and famous “bed-in” in 1969 and was described it as a “cracking item”.
“After they got married they flew over to London to do a series of interviews and my father was filming the interviews, he was a cameraman back in the sixties and asked them to sign this just before they worked out of the studio.”
If you’re a Beatles fan who’s curious about what the Fab Four had on their mind for any particular song, that information is often available. For example, George Harrison spoke of writing “Savoy Truffle” for his friend Eric Clapton (who had quite the sweet tooth).
John Lennon also wasn’t shy about revealing where he’d gotten ideas for his songs. Take the landmark “In My Life” from Rubber Soul. On that track, John was responding to a journalist who asked why John didn’t include memories from his life in his lyrics.
Paul McCartney has also been willing to talk about the inspiration for his tunes. On “Helter Skelter,” for example, Paul wanted to make a hard-rocking song and simply added lyrics referencing an English fairground ride.
When it came to “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” John thought Paul had written the track about his first wife, Linda. However, it seems Paul wrote the song about a fan who broke into his home.
PAUL MCCARTNEY – the Beatles legend – has revealed that one of his grandchildren was mugged at knifepoint while in London recently, and felt like a “coward” afterwards.
Sir Paul McCartney has admitted that history has repeated itself after his grandson was mugged at knifepoint on the streets of London. The Beatles hitmaker, who has five children and eight grandkids, said that robbers took his relative’s phone. The 77-year-old opened up about what happened to The Times, as he recalled what he had said after the “scary” situation. He stated that he vowed to “learn karate” after he was mugged for his watch at a similar age in Liverpool.