The Beatles: Ringo Starr on why his favourite Fab Four song was one of John Lennon’s

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The Beatles wrote and released a massive amount of songs throughout their career. While some of them became more popular than others, there is no doubt that the band remains one of the best-selling acts of all time with more than 600 million record sales. Throughout all of their hits, however, Ringo Starr has revealed which of the Fab Four’s tracks stands above the rest in a new interview.

Ringo appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month where he chatted all things Beatles.

The 80-year-old rocker was open to talking about his early days and touring with the band as their fame was skyrocketing.

During the chat, Ringo was asked: “You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life. What is it?”

After thinking about it for a second, Ringo replied: “Come Together.”

Come Together was released on October 6, 1969 from the band’s 11th studio album, Abbey Road.

The track was written by John Lennon, who originally penned the song for potential Californian governor Timothy Leary, before the politician was sent to prison.

Going on to elaborate his answer, Ringo continued: “There’s lots of other favourites, but if you want one, Come Together can’t be bad.

“I just think it worked perfectly with the band and the song and John being John. I loved that moment.”

Shortly after the release of Come Together, John spoke out about the ridiculous nature of the track’s lyrics.

He told Playboy in 1980: “The thing was created in the studio. It’s gobbledygook; Come Together was an expression that Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song.

“I tried and tried, but I couldn’t come up with one. But I came up with this, Come Together, which would’ve been no good to him – you couldn’t have a campaign song like that, right?”

Paul McCartney has also spoken about the song, but he remembered the song in a different way.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard in 1970, Paul said: “Even on Abbey Road we don’t do harmonies like we used to. I think it’s sad.

“On Come Together I would have liked to sing harmony with John, and I think he would have liked me to, but I was too embarrassed to ask him.

“I don’t work to the best of my abilities in that situation.”

Ringo’s favourite track is vastly different to that of his cohort, George Harrison.

In an interview from shortly before he died, George revealed his favourite song from the Fab Four was Every Little Thing.

The track is a relaxed love ballad from one of their early albums, Beatles For Sale.

The quiet Beatle’s favourite album though? He said: “Rubber Soul was my favourite album even at that time.

“I think that it was the best one we made.”


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