Ringo Starr Announces New Album ‘What’s My Name’ & Shares Single
Ringo drew the single from his collaborator Colin Hay. Here’s what Starr wrote of the song penned by the Men At Work frontman:
This was Colin Hay’s fourth time in the All-Starr Band, and a friend told me that, unbeknownst to me, Colin wrote a song years ago called, “What’s My Name.” I said, “Bring it up to the house and let’s hear it.” Later I heard, Colin couldn’t find it! He’d written the song down six years ago and put it in this pile or that pile. But it ended up at the bottom of the drawer. So, Colin came over and played it for me, and I LOVED it. I loved the verses. I loved the sentiment. In all honesty, there’s not a lot of people who could get away with asking, “What’s my name?” in a song. If you’ve been to the show, you already know the title. I’m blessed that most things coming my way are peace and love. There are still always trials and tribulations. But I just feel in life, the sun shines this way. I’m blessed. I always have the same talk – an audience can be tortured. We give them everything we’ve got. We give each other everything we’ve got. And sometimes it’s not enough. But most nights it’s everything. I’ll play the best I can for you. And you play the best you can for me. That’s all I can ask.
Ringo enlisted the help of some of his friends for the record including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Steve Lukather, Nathan East, Richard Page, Warren Ham, Windy Wagner, Kari Kimmel and more.
Ringo recorded the new LP at his home studio, Roccabella West. “I don’t want to be in an old-fashioned recording studio anymore, really,” Starr said. “I’ve had enough of the big glass wall and the separation. 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.”
The LP also contains a song from John Lennon. Ringo related the story:
Jack asked if I ever heard The Bermuda Tapes, John’s demos from that time. 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.
Check out the rest of the tracklist as well as “What’s My Name” below:
What’s My Name Tracklist
- Gotta Get Up To Get Down
- It’s Not Love That You Want
- Grow Old With Me
- Money (That’s What I Want)
- Better Days
- Life Is Good
- Thank God For Music
- Send Love Spread Peace
- What’s My Name