Wednesday, 7 July 2021



Ringo Starr remains one of rock 'n' roll's most beloved figures. The Beatles wouldn't have been the Beatles without Ringo. Not only was he was one the most solid drummers of the era, but his charm and wit were always first-rate. His solo recordings, boast an interesting batch of songs. Some were huge hits. Here Top 10 Ringo Starr solo songs:
'It Don't Come Easy' From: Single (1971)
Released in the Spring of 1971, Ringo's third single was an incredible step forward for the man behind the most famous drum kit. "It Don't Come Easy," written by Ringo and produced by George Harrison, was Starr's first major hit, checking into the Top 5 in both the U.S. and England ,here is an obvious Beatles-like quality to the song, but it firmly stands on its own merits all these years later as not only Ringo's finest moment, but as one of the best solo recordings.
'Back Off Boogaloo' From: Single (1972)
Ringo lets it all rock out on this classic single. "Back Off Boogaloo" was issued as the U.K. glam movement was in full swing, so it's no surprise that it shares a certain stomp and crunch with the glitter brigade. Written by Starr, produced by George Harrison who also provides some killer guitar, the song's inspiration came from none other than Starr's friend, Marc Bolan. Ringo worked, and appeared with Bolan in his 1972 concert film Born to Boogie. The song made Top 10 stateside and in the U.K. 

'Blindman' From: B-side (1972)
In 1971, he landed himself a staring role in the spaghetti western-styled film, "Blindman." The film was never a box office hit, but remained of interest due to Ringo's role. Perhaps the best by-product of the movie came in the form of the title song. Written by Ringo, and helped out in the studio by longtime Beatles associate Klaus Voormann and Pete Ham of Badfinger, the song has a droning, almost hypnotic quality to it as synth, fuzz guitar and percussion pulse along.
'Devil Woman' From: 'Ringo' (1973)
Not to be confused the the Cliff Richard hit from 1976, this song was written by Ringo with songwriter Vini Poncia. "Devil Woman" is a flat out rocker with atypical Ringo lyrics. "You're like the devil with horns in your head..." Driven along by some gritty guitars and punctuated by a horn section, the song showed up as the b-side to his No. 1 cover of "You're Sixteen," as well as landing a spot on the Ringo album.
'Photograph' From: 'Ringo' (1973)
Ringo and George Harrison had something special going in their post-Beatles world together. The duo worked on each others records and the hits kept coming. "Photograph" was, perhaps, the pinnacle of their work together. Co-written by George and Ringo,  produced by George Harrison, it wound up being Ringo's first solo No. 1 in America. It has remained his signature song over the years.


'I Am the Greatest'  From: 'Ringo' (1973)
"I Am the Greatest" was written by John Lennon specifically for Ringo, and it became the lead off track to his self titled 1973 album. The song tells the tale of Ringo up to that point in his life, and as he points out, "I'm only 32, and all I wanna do, is boogaloo." Bravado well earned, the Ringo album became a huge hit, spawning three Top 10 hits, including two that reached No. 1.

'The No No Song' From: 'Goodnight Vienna' (1974)
Written by songwriter Hoyt Axton, "The No No Song" is very much of its time. Fresh from writing massive hits like "Joy To the World" and "Never Been to Spain" for Three Dog Night, Axton turned his pen to the subject of stimulants. In 1974, the public snorted this single up, sending it to No. 3. 

'Goodnight Vienna' From: 'Goodnight Vienna' (1974)
Ringo was getting a little help from his friends as his solo recording career was in bloom. On the title track from his 1974 LP, John Lennon not only wrote the song, but plays piano. The song is a jaunty little rocker that has "should have been a hit" written all over it. A catchy hook and some interesting lyrics wrapped up with a spot-on performance, the record snuck into the U.S. Top 40. Like many of these Ringo tracks, it sounds as good today as ever.

'Snookeroo' Single (1975)
Like other several other Ringo songs, ("Early 1970" and "Liverpool 8" to name a couple) there is an autobiographical aspect to the lyrics. This time around, the tale and tune was written by the dynamic duo of the era, Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The song is full of joy, carried along by a horn section and an overall sense of fun. It was issued as a single in the U.K., made it's U.S. appearance as the b-side of "The No No Song". 
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