Ringo Starr: “You’re Sixteen” (1973)

Ringo polishes up the old Johnny Burnette chestnut with Paul McCartney on mouth saxophone. (Heh heh.)

Kronomyth 3.1: Starr Wars.

This was a Christmas present come early: Ringo Starr crooning the old Johnny Burnette song with Paul McCartney and Harry Nilsson hamming it up behind him. Originally recorded in 1961, the Burnette version was revived for the film, American Graffiti, which appeared a few months before the release of Ringo. Completing the Star Wars connection, Ringo recorded an early music video of “You’re Sixteen” with Carrie Fisher for his 1978 television special, Ringo. The flip side is another elpee track from Ringo, “Devil Woman,” featuring a really sharp horn arrangement from Tom Scott and some fine drumming from Ringo’s regular stand-in, Jim Keltner.

Original 7-inch single
A1. You’re Sixteen (Robert Sherman/Richard Sherman) (2:50)
B1. Devil Woman (Richard Starkey/Vini Poncia) (4:01)

The Plastic
Released on 7-inch single on December 3, 1973 in the US and Canada (Apple, 1870), France (Apple, 2C-008-05530), Germany (Apple, 2C 006 05 530), Italy (Apple, 3C 006 05530) and Japan (EMI, EAR-10492), on February 8, 1974 in the UK (Apple, R5995) and in 1974 in Yugoslavia (Jugoton, SAP88732); reached #1 on the US charts (charted on December 15, 1973 for 15 weeks, RIAA-certified gold record) and #4 on the UK charts. Regional versions feature picture sleeve.

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