Ringo Starr

'Rama' Lama Ding Dong

RingoFor his latest solo album, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has recorded with a slew of guest artists, including Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Willie Nelson, and Eagles/Poco principal Timothy B. Schmit. Due this week from Koch, "Ringo Rama" also features guest turns by Shawn Colvin, Van Dyke Parks, and Charlie Haden.

Recorded largely at his home studio in England, "Ringo Rama" features "Never Without You," a tribute to late Beatles guitarist George Harrison. "It was my way to say how much George meant to me and how much he will be remembered," Ringo says. "I actually tried to get George, John Lennon, and Harry Nilsson all into that song. But it got too busy, so I thought I'm just going to do it for George."

Clapton, also a close friend of Harrison, adds the guitar solo to the song. "Eric's on two tracks on the album, but I really wanted him on this song because George loved Eric and Eric loved George," Starr added. "I wanted Eric to come and play that solo because I only wanted people on the track who George knew and loved."

Gilmour adds guitar to "I Think Therefore I Rock & Roll" and "Missouri Loves Company," while Nelson duets with Starr on the country-leaning "Write One for Me." Rounding out the album is the unlisted bonus track "I Really Love Her," which Starr recorded solo. "Just one time in my career, I wanted to do it all," he said. "I'm tired of all my other mates doing everything." Starr's summer tour with his All Starr Band kicks off July 24 in Toronto.