Beatles duo Ringo Starr and Paul Lennon have again joined forces to cover John Lennon’s song ‘Grow Old With Me’.
The collaboration comes as part of Starr’s 20th studio album, What’s My Name, which is due for release on October 25th. The record was inspired when The Beatles drummer met up with Jack Douglas, the producer who famously worked on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album.
“Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time…And I had never heard all this,” Starr explained to NME. “The idea that John was talking about me in that time before he died, well, I’m an emotional person. And I just loved thissong. 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.”
Starr, who has today released the album’s title track, also explained that he was keen to work with McCartney on the record. Adding a sentimental touch, the pair decided to put their own spin on ‘Grow Old With Me’, a track Lennon completed a coupe of years before he was killed.
Detailing further, Starr explained: “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 ‘Here Comes The Sun.’ So in a way, it’s the four of us.”
For now, enjoy new material from Starr: