2019 Ringo Starr – What’s My Name

What’s My Name is the 20th studio album by English musician Ringo Starr. It was released on 25 October 2019 through Roccabella and Universal Music Enterprises. The album was again recorded at Roccabella West, Starr’s home studio, and features collaborations with Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Richard Page and Warren Ham. It also includes a cover of John Lennon’s “Grow Old with Me”, which Starr invited Paul McCartney to sing and play bass guitar on, and a solo version by Starr of “Money (That’s What I Want)”, a Motown song previously recorded by the Beatles.

Several of the tracks were written with previous collaborators based around comments Starr has made. “What’s My Name”, the title track and first single, was composed by Colin Hay, and comes from a chant Starr has used in concert. Starr co-wrote “Gotta Get Up to Get Down” with his brother-in-law Joe Walsh after a comment Starr made at a dinner they had with Klaus Voormann, while Starr composed “Thank God for Music” with Sam Hollander, who then wrote “Better Days” on his own based on an interview Starr gave to Rolling Stone. The song “Magic” is a collaboration with Steve Lukather, whom Starr has worked with on his two previous studio albums.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles at Starr’s home studio, Roccabella West, with Starr saying that he did not “want to be in an old-fashioned recording studio anymore” and that he had “had enough of the big glass wall and the separation”, saying recording at his home has been good for himself “and the music”.

Tracks

1  Gotta Get Up To Get Down (Ringo Starr; Joe Walsh) 04:21
2  It’s Not Love That You Want (Ringo Starr; Dave Stewart) 03:35
3  Grow Old With Me (John Lennon) 03:22
4  Magic (Ringo Starr; Steve Lukather) 04:11
5  Money (Berry Gordy; Janie Bradford) 02:57
6  Better Days (Sam Hollander) 02:50
7  Life Is Good (Ringo Starr; Gary Burr) 03:12
8  Thank God For Music (Ringo Starr; Sam Hollander) 03:40
9  Send Love Spread Peace (Ringo Starr; Gary Nicholson) 02:59
10  What’s My Name (Colin Hay) 03:44

Media

Musicians

1 Gotta Get Up To Get Down

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarJoe Walsh
ClavinetEdgar Winter
SynthesizerEdgar Winter
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsWarren Ham
Background VocalsWindy Wagner
Background VocalsKari Kimmel
VocalsJoe Walsh
VocalsEdgar Winter
VocalsRingo Starr


2 It’s Not Love That You Want

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarDave Stewart
ClavinetBenmont Tench
PianoJim Cox
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsWindy Wagner
Background VocalsAmy Keys
VocalsRingo Starr


3 Grow Old With Me

BassPaul McCartney
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarJoe Walsh
PianoJim Cox
AccordionAllison Lovejoy
CelloIsaiah Gage
ViolaLauren Baba
ViolinRhea Fowler
ViolinBianca McClure
Background VocalsPaul McCartney
VocalsRingo Starr


4 Magic

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarSteve Lukather
PianoSteve Lukather
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsWarren Ham
Background VocalsWindy Wagner
Background VocalsKari Kimmel
VocalsRingo Starr


5 Money

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganBruce Sugar
PianoBruce Sugar
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
VocalsRingo Starr


6 Better Days

BassKaveh Rastegar
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarPete Min
OrganPete Levin
PianoGrant Michaels
HornsJames King
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsZelma Davis
Background VocalsGaren Gueyikian
VocalsRingo Starr


7 Life Is Good

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganBenmont Tench
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsWarren Ham
Background VocalsWindy Wagner
Background VocalsKari Kimmel
VocalsRingo Starr


8 Thank God For Music

Bass (synthesizer)Jim Cox
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganJim Cox
PianoJim Cox
SynthesizerBruce Sugar
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
VocalsRingo Starr


9 Send Love Spread Peace

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarSteve Dudas
OrganBenmont Tench
PianoBenmont Tench
Background VocalsWindy Wagner
Background VocalsAmy Keys
VocalsRingo Starr


10 What’s My Name

BassNathan East
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarColin Hay
GuitarSteve Lukather
HarmonicaWarren Ham
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsColin Hay
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
VocalsRingo Starr

Liner Notes

Producer – Ringo Starr
Producer – Sam Hollander (Track 6)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jack Douglas, Daniel Cole (Track 3)
Engineer (Additional) – Ned Douglas (Track 2)
Engineer (Assistant) – Wesley Seidman (Track 3)
Mixed By – Bruce Sugar
ProTools Editing – Bruce Sugar
Recorded By – Bruce Sugar

Art Direction – Vartan, Meire Murakami
Design, Layout – Josh Graham, Suspended In Light
Photography – Scott Ritchie

Recorded At Roccabella West
Mastered At Bernie Grundman Mastering
Phonographic Copyright (p) Roccabella, Inc.
Copyright (c) Roccabella, Inc.
Licensed To UMG Recordings, Inc.