Grow Old With Me, was written by John Lennon during sessions for Double Fantasy
At the start of the track John said: ‘This will be great for you, Ringo’
Ringo Starr said he only learned of the demo and the personal message years later
He has now recorded Grow Old With Me featuring Paul McCartney on bass
Ringo has revealed the unexpected message John Lennon left for him on a long-lost demo recorded shortly before his death.
Ringo has teamed up with Paul to record a version of Grow Old With Me, which was written by John during the sessions for Double Fantasy, the final record he made on December, 1980.
Ringo said he only learned of the demo and the personal message from his former Beatles bandmate years later, prompting him to record the song. He was introduced to the song by record producer Jack Douglas, who produced Lennon’s Grammy-winning album, which is also credited to Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono.
Ringo told the BBC: ‘I’d never heard about this track and I bumped into the producer, Jack Douglas. He said ‘Did you ever hear the John cassette?’. ‘(I said) ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ He said ‘I’ll get you a copy.”It says on the beginning ‘This will be great for you, Ringo.’ And so I said ‘I’m going to do the track.’ Of Lennon, he added: ‘He’d have loved it.’
Ringo enlisted the help of Paul, to play bass on the track, which he previously admitted had brought him to tears when he first heard it.
Announcing his new album, What’s My Name, on which Grow Old With Me features, last month, Ringo said: ‘Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time. And I had never heard all this.’The idea that John was talking about me in that time before he died, well, I’m an emotional person.’And I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best.’
He added: ‘The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes.’Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So, John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it.’
Ringo recorded the album, his 20th solo record, in his home studio, known as Roccabella West, enlisting a number of regular contributors and members of his touring All-Starr Band.
The record also features a cover of Barrett Strong’s Motown hit Money (That’s What I Want), famously covered by the Fab Four.
Ringo will also release a new book called Another Day In The Life, in which he reflects on his love of music, travel and nature.
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