Remember this? Very emotional moment in 1990 for Liverpool!
John arranged this for Ringo. Another great John cover. Just love this.
Wiki: In 1974, Ringo Starr covered this song (b/w “Call Me”) for his album Goodnight Vienna at the suggestion of John Lennon. This version was released as a single on 11 November in the US,[nb 1] and it became a number six hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one on the easy listening chart in early 1975. It was released in UK on 15 November.[nb 2] Lennon plays acoustic guitar on the track, and recorded a guide vocal which was kept by producer Richard Perry. Ringo did the spoken recitation on the repeat of the first half of the song. Ringo’s version was in a 2/44 compared to the Platters version of the song.6 Harry Nilsson sings harmony vocals and appears with Starr in the amusing music video filmed on top of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles. Lennon’s vocal version appears on his Anthology box set, in 1998.
Gringo Starr: How the Beatle who stood in for Ringo – and enjoyed 12 riotous days of hedonism – on their first world tour is now a recluse and thought to be living in MEXICO
- Jimmie Nichol earned £500 for 12 days’ work in 1964 while with The Beatles
- Ringo Starr collapsed shortly before the tour and the band needed a drummer
- Nichol started his own band after returning to London but his attempt flopped
- He soon was declared bankrupt with debts of £40,000 and assets worth £30
One summer’s morning in 1964, Jimmie Nicol was woken by the phone at the shabby rented flat in Barnes, South-West London, where he lived with his wife Patricia and their young son, Howie.
On the line was George Martin, who, as the producer behind The Beatles, was one of the most powerful men in pop.
‘What are you doing for the next few days?’ he asked.
Nicol, who earned a crust playing drums in Soho nightclubs, knew enough about the music business to reply that his diary appeared to be empty.
‘Then come to Abbey Road studios at 3pm,’ said Martin. ‘The Beatles want to run through some numbers with you . . . Ringo Starr is ill and we want you to take his place on their tour. Would you mind going to Australia?’
One of John’s favorite songs from the early rock and roll era written by Walter Ward.