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By: Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey July 7, 1940 in Toxteth, Liverpool, England.)
Starr is best known for having been the drummer for the Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr belonged to another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became the Beatles' drummer in 1962, taking over from Pete Best.
In addition to his contribution as drummer, Starr featured as lead singer on a number of successful Beatles songs (in particular, "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Yellow Submarine", and a cover of Buck Owens' "Act Naturally") and as a songwriter with the songs "Don't Pass Me By", "What Goes On" and "Octopus's Garden".
Ringo Starr's recording of "You're Sixteen", also known as "You're Sixteen, You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)", reunited Starr with his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, who contributed to the backing vocals and played the kazoo solo. Harry Nilsson also sang backing vocals.
In the music video for the song, Carrie Fisher (before she portrayed Princess Leia in Star Wars) co-stars as Ringo's love interest.
It appeared on his 1973 album Ringo, which featured many guest stars, including McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins, Rick Danko and Levon Helm (of the Band) and Marc Bolan.
Chart position: #1 (US), #4 (UK).
It was Starr's second #1 US hit (his first was "Photograph".)
It was preceded at #1 in the US by "Show And Tell" (Al Wilson) and succeeded by "The Way We Were (Barbra Streisand).
The Top Five Songs: January 26, 1974 (US Billboard Hot 100).
- "You're Sixteen" (Ringo Starr)
- "Show and Tell" (Al Wilson)
- "The Way We Were" (Barbra Streisand)
- "I've Got to Use My Imagination" (Gladys Knight and the Pips)
- "The Joker" (Steve Miller Band)
Written by: Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925 in New York, New York) and Richard M. Sherman (born June 12, 1928 in New York, New York).
The Sherman Brothers are a Academy Award-winning American songwriting duo. They have written more motion-picture musical song scores than any other songwriting team in history. They are best known for their work with Walt Disney during the last six years of his life.
Film scores of the Sherman Brothers include Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Charlotte's Web.
Songs they have written, which are all part of the two-disc collection The Sherman Brothers Songbook, include "Let's Get Together", "The Ugly Bug Ball", "It's A Small World", "A Spoonful Of Sugar", "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", "Winnie The Pooh", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Hushabye Mountain".
Starr's version of "You're Sixteen" marks the only time that a Sherman brothers song reached #1.
Originally by: Johnny Burnette, whose version reached #8 (US) and #3 (UK) in 1960.
My two cents: Like many of the songs I post about, I liked this song when I was growing up. I loved watching Ringo as Mr. Conductor on the PBS TV series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, even before I knew he was a Beatle.
One thing that I always thought was funny was, during the "all mine" coda, when Ringo sings, "and I do". It's exactly like something from the Beatles song "I Should Have Known Better"! Has anyone else ever noticed this?
I was also surprised to learn that it was written by the same guys who wrote so many of the great Disney songs. Off-topic: no matter that people might make fun of "It's A Small World"...it's a very well-written song! Does anyone agree?
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