Sir Ringo Starr and Sir Paul McCartney, the two surviving members of The Beatles, are joining forces to cover a John Lennon song.
Now, this is what you call a collab for the ages.
Imagine singer John was assassinated by Mark David Chapman in New York City on 8 December 1980 while the fourth Beatle, George Harrison, passed away on 29 November 2001 of lung cancer.
However, John and George’s spirits will live on in the new track Ringo and Paul have made together.
The chosen song is an often-overlooked song from John’s back catalogue called Grow Old With Me, and the cover will feature on Ringo’s upcoming album What’s My Name.
It’s album number 20 for the Beatles drummer, who recorded the material at the home he shares with wife Barbara.
Ringo said in a statement: ‘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.’
The album is out 25 October 2019.
The 79-year-old 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.’
‘It’s not a publicity stunt,’ he added.
‘This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from “Here Comes the Sun” [written by George Harrison]. So in a way, it’s the four of us.’
Speaking about recording at home, Ringo added: ‘We are all together in here, whoever I invite over.
‘This is the smallest club in town.
‘And I love it, being at home, being able to say hi to Barb, it’s just been good for me and the music.’
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