Meet the Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr's Solo Career in 20 Songs

A crash course in the last 45 years of the most under-appreciated Beatle

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"Only You (and You Alone)" (1974)

Lennon suggested that Starr cover this golden oldie, best known via the monumentally smooth 1956 version by the Platters — and the spoken-word interlude is so wonderfully silly you'll wish Ringo had recorded an album of Barry White tunes. Lennon, who was in the studio recording several oldies himself at the time, plays acoustic guitar and sang a guide vocal; the Ringo-free version available on his 1998 Anthology box set is strikingly similar in style to the version of "Stand by Me" that later appeared on Rock 'n' Roll.

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