Paul McCartney And Ringo Starr Reunite To Cover “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on their recent live reunion at Dodger Stadium, 2019 - banfibill / Youtube
The two remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr found themselves working together again, to record a song by the late John Lennon.
Ringo Starr is in the midst of the creation of a new album titled What’s My Name, and will feature the John Lennon original, “Grow Old With Me”. The track was one of Lennon’s final songs written before his death in 1980, and saw a posthumous release with the 1984 album, Milk And Honey. A decade after its release, the three remaining Beatles McCartney, Harrison, and Starr hinted on the idea of doing their rendition of Lennon’s composition. After a number of years, McCartney and Starr have finally done their itinerary.
Starr takes on the drums and vocals, while McCartney has the bass and backing vocals covered. Joining them in the record is the Eagles’ Joe Walsh, providing guitar parts for the song. Starr previously conversed with Jack Douglas, producer of Lennon-Ono album Double Fantasy, and was motivated to do a new version of the song then.
“Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time,” Starr said in an interview. “And I had never heard all this. The idea that John was talking about me in that time before he died, well, I’m an emotional person. And I just loved this song. 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 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.”
What’s My Name, and “Grow Old With Me” will be released on the 25th of October, and will also see contributions from other musicians like Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, and Steve Lukather, among others.