Ringo Starr: “Oh My My” (1974)

Oh, my, this song still sounds like a party on plastic after more than 40 years.

Kronomyth 3.2: My candle burns at both ends.

The second hit single from Ringo was a rollicking number co-written by songwriter Vini Poncia, who was introduced to Ringo Starr by producer Richard Perry. (Perry had produced The Anders & Poncia Album back in 1969.) At the time, it was Poncia’s highest-charting hit. Two years later, Poncia would top the charts with Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancin’.”

In 1975, David Hentschel had a minor UK hit with an instrumental version of “Oh My My” that sounds like the elevator music to Heaven. I’m including a link to it below, because you really shouldn’t pass through this world without hearing it once. Going back to Ringo’s single, the flip side is the elpee track “Step Lightly,” a true ringoriginal that sounds a lot like “Don’t Pass Me By.” Ringo revisited this song for his album, Ringo 2012.

Original 7-inch single version

A1. Oh My My (Vini Poncia/Richard Starkey) (3:39)
B1. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey) (3:15)

Back-to-back hits 7-inch reissue (1976)
A1. Oh My My
B1. No No Song

The Plastic

Released on 7-inch single on February 18, 1974 in the US and Canada (Apple, 1872), Germany (Apple, 1C 006-05 617), the Netherlands (Apple, 5C 006 05617), Japan (Apple, EAR-10529) and New Zealand (Apple, NZP 3471) with picture sleeve; reached #5 on the US charts (charted on March 9, 1974 for 14 weeks).

  1. Re-packaged with “No No Song” on a 7-inch single on January 9, 1976 in the UK (Apple, R6011) and Germany (Apple, 1C 006-06 040) with picture sleeve.

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