LOS ANGELES – If Ringo Starr calls to ask if you'll sing on a song for him, who could possibly say no?
The beloved Beatle dug into his contacts for help on the chorus of “Here's to the Nights,” his most recent song written by Diane Warren, and he recruited quite a choir.
Paul McCartney. Sheryl Crow. Dave Grohl. Lenny Kravitz. Joe Walsh. Ben Harper. Finneas. Chris Stapleton. Yola. Jenny Lewis. Corinne Bailey Rae. Eric Burton (of the Black Pumas). Steve Lukather.
“Here's to the nights we won't remember, with the friends we won't forget,” they all sing. It's a perfect sentiment for the 80-year-old drummer who, as McCartney once sang “has memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.”
“Everyone was really kind to me to do what they did,” Starr recently told The Associated Press.
Two people did say no, actually. Ringo won't reveal who, but they must have been REALLY busy.
Starr's EP of five new songs comes out Friday. The project gave him something to do during COVID-19 lockdown in his Los Angeles home. He said he divided much of his time between making music, painting and working out.
“Last year I left the house no more than seven times, and I think I'm exaggerating,” he said. “I'm a prime target for this COVID. Now I've had my shots. I feel groovy and there's nowhere to go!”