Monday February 6, 2012
To commemorate Valentine's Day and the release of his new album Ringo 2012, Ringo Starr has launched a "Wonderful Valentine" contest on his Facebook. Fans can visit the contest tab on Facebook and tell one of their friends they think they are "Wonderful." Each fan can enter to win a personalized message from Ringo Starr for that special someone on Valentine's Day!
Ringo recently dished on the song "Wonderful" -"I hope this will be my big Valentine's Day song. I see a whole ad campaign – "Roses and Ringo" – because women love both and don't forget it.! "Wonderful' began when I had this track I liked. Then I heard Gary Nicholson -- a great writer -- was doing some work in the Valley. Gary and I wrote "Peace Dream" on the last album, and that was from another line he had. Gary told me he heard two people he didn't know talking and one said, "The worst it ever was was wonderful." That sort of stuff is a songwriter's dream. So we took that and wrote this song about me and Barbara. "Wonderful" is dedicated to her because she is wonderful. We all have bad days, but as long as I'm with her, it's wonderful."
Ringo's new album, titled simply Ringo 2012 and produced by Ringo, was recorded in Los Angeles and mixed in England by Ringo and Bruce Sugar. Ringo 2012 is his second release on Hip-O/UMe, and is available now. Of the 9 tracks, two are covers, "Think It Over" and "Rock Island Line," and two are new versions of his own songs, "Wings" and "Step Lightly."
Ringo 2012 is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Ringo Starr’s 17th solo studio record, and his second on Hip-O/Ume will be released on January 31, 2012 in the United States (Internationally, January 30, 2012.)
Titled simply “Ringo 2012” and produced by Ringo, it was recorded in LA and mixed in England by Ringo and Bruce Sugar, and features 9 songs.
Of the 9 tracks two are covers, “Think It Over,” and “Rock Island Line” and two are new versions of his own songs, “Wings” and “Step Lightly.”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Anthem (Richard Starkey/Glen Ballard)
2. Wings (Richard Starkey/Vince Poncia)
3. Think It Over (Buddy Holly/Norman Perry)
4. Samba (Richard Starkey/Van Dyke Parks)
5. Rock Island Line (Arrangement by Richard Starkey)
6. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
7. Wonderful (Richard Starkey/Gary Nicholson)
8. In Liverpool (Richard Starkey/Dave Stewart)
9. Slow Down (Richard Starkey/Joe Walsh)
Joining Ringo in the studio for Ringo 2012 were musicians (in alphabetical order): Michael Bradford, Ann Marie Calhoun, Matt Cartsonis, Steve Dudas, Charlie Haden, Amy Keys, Kelly Moneymaker, Richard Page, Van Dyke parks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dave Stewart, Bruce Sugar, Benmont Tench, Joe Walsh , Don Was, Edgar Winter.
“Ringo 2012” will be released digitally, on CD and vinyl.