Ringo Starr – ‘Photograph’
  • Writers: Ringo Starr and George Harrison
  • Producer: Richard Perry
  • Recorded: Spring 1973 at Apple Studios in London, England and early summer 1973 in Los Angeles
  • Released: October 1973
  • Players:
    Ringo Starr — vocals, drums
    George Harrison — guitar, vocals
    Vini Poncia — acoustic guitar
    Jimmy Calvert — acoustic guitar
    Klaus Voorman — bass
    Nicky Hopkins — piano
    Jim Keltner — drums
    Lon Van Easton — percussion
    Derrek Van Eaton — percussion
    Jack Nitzsche — orchestrations
  • Album: Ringo (Apple, 1973)
  • Also On:
    Blast From Your Past (Apple, 1975)
    Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band (Rykodisc, 1990)
    The Anthology…So Far (Eagle, 2001)
    and other compilations and live albums
  • “Photograph” was former Beatle drummer Ringo Starr‘s third solo single and his first to reach Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached Number Four in the U.K.
  • The song was co-written by Starr and George Harrison who, with former Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon, had decided to help Starr achieve the solo success they’d each experienced.
  • Lennon noted on NBC’s Tomorrow show that “I’m most happy — I guess we all are, in a way — for Ringo’s success. It always went ’round that Ringo was dumb, but he ain’t dumb. But he didn’t have that much of a writing ability, and he wasn’t known for writing his own material. And there was a bit of a worry that although he can make movies… how was his recording career gonna be? And in general, it’s probably better than mine!”
  • “Photograph” sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide as a single.
  • The Ringo album was similarly successful, reaching Number Two on the Billboard 200 and earning a platinum certification. It also reached Number Six on the U.K. chart.
  • In addition to Harrison, the album also featured performances by Lennon, McCartney, Billy Preston, members of the Band, Marc Bolan of T. Rex, and Steve Cropper.


  • Starr is now married to actress Barbara Bach and splits his time between homes in Monaco, England, and the U.S.
  • The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. McCartney did not attend because of prolonged litigation with his former bandmates.
  • On November 29th, 2001, Harrison died in Los Angeles at age 58 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Starr has regularly toured with his All-Starr Band, which includes the best, most interesting players he can think of that are available in a given year.
  • Starr and Spider-Man creator Stan Lee are working on a project for a super-hero based on Starr’s personality. Starr will provide the voice for animated uses.
  • Starr released his latest album, called Liverpool 8, in January.

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band kick off their summer tour on June 19th in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the Fallsview Casino Resort. Joining Starr on the road are All Starrs Colin Hay of Men At Work, Billy Squier, Hamish Stuart of the Average White Band and Paul McCartney‘s band, Edgar Winter, and first-timer Gary Wright. Starr will be joined on drums by Gregg Bissonette.