When Ringo decided to record a cover of one of the last songs written by John Lennon, he knew he wanted Paul McCartney to play bass.
Then, his record producer found a way to bring in a bit of George Harrison.The producer, Jack Douglas, inserted strings from “Here Comes the Sun” into the Starr’s recording of the song “Grow Old with Me.”
“We’re all on it now,” “I had nothing to do with that.” said Ringo.
Lennon had recorded a demo of “Grow Old with Me” for his 1980 release “Double Fantasy,” but the song never made it onto that album.
Ringo said Lennon’s voice can be heard on the demo saying “this’ll be great for you, Ringo.”
“It was emotional listening to John’s version, cause he’d written other songs for me,” “So I thought no, I’m going to do this one.”
“I love the song, and the emotion of him speaking to me,” “He’s been gone quite awhile, but it’s emotional to me. He was one of my greatest friends.”
Starr, who also has just released a new photography book called “Another Day in the Life,” said he was thrilled that the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album returned to the top of music charts this month amid renewed interest because of its 50th anniversary.
“How far out is that?,” he said. “I think it impresses people that it was made 50 years ago, and we did our best and we mixed it the best way we could.”