Former Beatles bandmates Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney have reunited to record a John Lennon song.
Grow Old With Me will feature on Ringo’s upcoming album, What’s My Name, released on 25 October (19).
“I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes,” Starr explains, revealing the inspiration to record the tune came from Jack Douglas, who produced 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,” the rocker explains.
“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.”
He adds, “Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me… 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 (George Harrison song) Here Comes The Sun, so in a way, it’s the four of us.”
The new album also features guest spots from Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Dave Stewart.
Meanwhile, McCartney and Starr recently teamed up for a gig at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Drummer Ringo joined his old friend onstage during an encore at McCartney’s sold out show and played Beatles tunes Birthday and Helter Skelter with the headliner.