Ringo Starr is coming out with his 20th solo album, called What’s My Name, next month. The album will feature an intriguing track for the Beatles fans among us.
Sir Ringo will be singing a song written by John Lennon shortly before his death. The song, called Grow Old With Me, was recorded by Lennon on demo tapes for Double Fantasy, Lennon’s last album. When a record producer played the song for Ringo, who had never heard it before, he was touched by it and decided to record it — and he asked Paul McCartney to play bass and sing back-up. Sir Paul agreed, so the two surviving Beatles perform together again, on a song written by a third Beatle that includes a string arrangement that quotes from Here Comes The Sun, written by the fourth Beatle, George Harrison. Ringo’s new album also will feature a cover of the song Money, which the Beatles also recorded and performed.
I’ll be interested in hearing the song, which is as close as we’re going to get to a Beatles reunion these days. I also think it is pretty cool that Ringo, who is 79, and Paul, who is 77, are still active in performing and recording — and are thinking from time to time about their days in the Beatles and their now-departed bandmates in the greatest musical group ever assembled.