1977 Ringo Starr – Ringo The 4th

Ringo The 4th is the sixth studio album by English musician Ringo Starr, released in 1977. Its title is commonly alluded to him being the fourth member of the Beatles. Others allude that it is his fourth mainstream album, taking exception to his Great American Songbook homage, Sentimental Journey, and his country-western foray, Beaucoups of Blues. However in fact, Ringo the 4th is a dance-oriented record crafted for him by his Atlantic Records producer, Arif Mardin.

After the commercial disappointment of Ringo’s Rotogravure (1976), Starr decided to shift from his formula of using his well-known musician friends (notably his fellow ex-Beatles) to write songs and appear on his albums. Instead, he intensified his partnership with Vini Poncia, with whom he wrote several of the songs featured here, while using the input of different musicians. Sessions began on 5 February 1977, at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, produced by Arif Mardin. The first songs recorded were two unreleased tracks, “Lover Please” and “Wild Shining Stars”. Near the end of the month, Starr recorded “Out on the Streets”, “It’s No Secret” and “Gypsies in Flight”. In June, recording sessions were held at Atlantic Studios in New York where the tracks that ended up on the album were recorded. In addition, the B-side “Just a Dream”, as well as an unreleased track, “By Your Side”, were recorded. Starr moved back to Cherokee Studios, where he held more sessions towards the end of the month, where a few more unreleased tracks were recorded: “Birmingham”, “This Party”, and a different version of “Just a Dream”. David Foster played keyboards on a couple of songs, while Melissa Manchester and Bette Midler occasionally appeared on backing vocals.

Tracks

1  Drowning In The Sea Of Love (Kenneth Gamble; Leon Huff) 05:09
2  Tango All Night (Stephen Hague; Tom Seufert) 02:58
3  Wings (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 03:26
4  Gave It All Up (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 04:41
5  Out On The Streets (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 04:29
6  Can She Do It Like She Dances (Gerald Robinson; Steve Duboff) 03:12
7  Sneaking Sally Through The Alley (Allen Toussaint) 04:17
8  It’s No Secret (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 03:41
9  Gypsies In Flight (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 03:02
10  Simple Love Song (Ringo Starr; Vini Poncia) 02:57

Media

Musicians

1 Drowning In The Sea Of Love

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


2 Tango All Night

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsVini Poncia
Background VocalsBette Midler
VocalsRingo Starr


3 Wings

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


4 Gave It All Up

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


5 Out On The Streets

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


6 Can She Do It Like She Dances

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


7 Sneaking Sally Through The Alley

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarCornell Dupree
GuitarLon Van Eaton
ClavinetRichard Tee
ClavinetDavid Foster
Electric PianoRichard Tee
PercussionNicky Marrero
Background VocalsVini Poncia
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
VocalsRingo Starr


8 It’s No Secret

BassTony Levin
DrumsRingo Starr
DrumsSteve Gadd
GuitarDavid Spinozza
GuitarJeff Mironov
GuitarJohn Tropea
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
SynthesizerKen Bichel
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


9 Gypsies In Flight

BassHugh McDonald
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarDavid Bromberg
Acoustic GuitarDick Fegy
Electric DrumsJeff Gutcheon
PercussionRingo Starr
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr


10 Simple Love Song

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsRingo Starr
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarLon Van Eaton
KeyboardsDavid Foster
PianoDavid Foster
SaxMichael Brecker
TrumpetRandy Brecker
Background VocalsArnold McCuller
Background VocalsBrie Howard
Background VocalsDavid Lasley
Background VocalsDebra Gray
Background VocalsDuitch Helmer
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsJoe Bean
Background VocalsLuther Vandross
Background VocalsLynn Pitney
Background VocalsMarietta Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Anderson
Background VocalsMelissa Manchester
Background VocalsRebecca Louis
Background VocalsRobin Clark
Background VocalsVini Poncia
VocalsRingo Starr

Liner Notes

Producer – Arif Mardin
Engineer (Additional) – Gene Paul
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael O’Reilly, Steve Brandon, Tom Heid
Engineer (Mastering) – Dennis King
Mixed By – Lew Hahn
Recorded By – Lew Hahn

Cover – Nancy Andrews
Design – John Kosh
Photography – Nancy Andrews, Lew Hahn

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