Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney Reunite on “What’s My Name”
Ringo Starr is a guy that gets by with a little help from his friends. Luckily, the former Beatle has made tons through his career, and that shows on his new album What’s My Name. Starr’s 20th solo studio album features guests like Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, and Dave Stewart. It also teams him up once again with his old bandmate Paul McCartney.
In fact, the duo performs on a song called “Grow Old With Me” that John Lennon had penned during his Bermuda Sessions. Producer Jack Douglas brought it to the drummer/vocalist’s attention when he heard Lennon on the demo recording say it would be a good song for Ringo.
“I sang it the best that I could,” Starr said. “I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best. 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. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from [George Harrison’s] ‘Here Comes The Sun.’ So in a way, it’s the four of us.”
Starr also recruited session ace bassists Nathan East, John Pierce, and Kaveh Rastegar to round out the album. What’s My Name is available now on CD, vinyl and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).
What’s My Name Track List:
- Gotta Get Up to Get Down
- It’s Not Love That You Want
- Grow Old With Me
- Better Days
- Life Is Good
- Thank God for Music
- Send Love Spread Peace
- What’s My Name