“Ringo” The 1973 Ringo Starr Album That All The Beatles Played On

Ringo is the third studio album by Ringo Starr, released in 1973 on Apple Records.

Ringo Starr 1973 Album John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison

The “Ringo” album is noted for being the only solo album by an ex-Beatle that has all members of The Beatles appear on it.  Before this album, Ringo Starr had played on both John Lennon and George Harrison’s first solo albums. Harrison, in turn, had played on Lennon’s second album. But then all four Beatles subsequently contributed to different parts of Starr’s 1973 release with Lennon, Harrison & McCartney all writing a song as well as performing.

The album’s producer Richard Perry, recalled the session for “I’m the Greatest”,

“Just like that; no planning. The three ex-Beatles recorded one of John’s songs. Everyone in the room was just gleaming … it’s such a universal gleam with The Beatles”

Ringo Recording Session 1973 John Lennon Starr Richard Perry

The first song features 3 Beatles sans McCartney but has one of the 5th Beatles on organ Billy Preston. Here are the album credits for songs featuring at least 2 Beatles.

“I’m the Greatest” (written by: John Lennon) – 3:21

  • Ringo Starr – lead vocal, drums
  • John Lennon – piano, harmony vocal
  • George Harrison – electric guitars
  • Billy Preston – organ

“Photograph” (written by: George Harrison, Starkey) – 3:56

  • Starr – lead vocal, drums
  • Harrison – harmony vocal, 12-string acoustic guitar

“Six O’Clock” (written by: P. McCartney/L. McCartney) – 4:06

  • Starr – lead vocal, drums
  • McCartney – piano, synthesizer, string and flute arrangements, backing vocal
  •  Linda McCartney – backing vocal

* Paul McCartney also played the kazoo the song “You’re Sixteen”.

There were a few other 3 Beatle collaborations after the “Ringo” album.  In 1981, Starr and McCartney joined Harrison for his 1981 Lennon tribute song, “All Those Years Ago.”  Then, all three joined forces again and finished a couple of leftover Lennon demos (Free as a Bird & Real Love) in the ’90s as part of the ‘Anthology’ series.

John Lennon And Ringo Starr Last Photo Together

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