By Mark Kemp

In celebration of Ringo Starr’s 76th birthday today, AG presents one of the greatest acoustic moments on a Ringo Starr song.


It was late 1970, and the Beatles’ drummer had already released one solo album earlier in the year, a standards collection, and then turned around and took a very different approach on album 2: The British moptop recorded a set of American country. It wasn’t an entirely new direction for Ringo. Five years earlier, he had turned in a wholly credible interpretation of Buck Owens’ “Act Naturally” on the Beatles’ soundtrack album Help!

For Beaucoups of Blues, the drummer assembled a Starr-studded cast of Nashville pickers including Jerry Reed, whose acoustic guitar really shines on “$15 Draw,” which includes the memorable lines, “Mama, I guess you have stood and cursed the day I found that old guitar . . . I bet you never dreamed that old guitar would put me where I am today.”

Happy birthday, Ringo.

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