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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"You're Sixteen" (1973)

Even beyond the conspicuous age differential (Starr was 33 in 1973), why would an erstwhile teddy boy revive the ditty that rockabilly star Johnny Burnette of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" renown had used to sell out to teen-idol fame in 1960? One clue might be that Burnette's original — almost a minute shorter — had shown up in American Graffiti just months before. Ringo's version, his second and last single to go Number One in the U.S., has more ragtime-y piano, fewer rockabilly hiccups, doo-wop-ish backing vocals apparently courtesy of Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney either playing a kazoo or imitating one and part of the antique sea chantey "What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?" 

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