Ringo Starr says that "a lot of luck went into" his new album, "Y Not," particularly in assembling the all-star cast that co-wrote songs with him and play on the album.
"People just came out and supported me 'cause I was doing it," Starr tells Billboard.com about a guest list that includes Beatles mate Paul McCartney, brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Van Dyke Parks, Don Was and All Starr Band alumni Edgar Winter, Billy Squier, Gary Wright and Richard Marx. "A lot of it was just people hanging out and thinking, 'Let's try this.' "
"Y Not," which comes out Tuesday, is the first of Starr's solo albums on which he served as primary producer. He began the album shortly after releasing 2008's "Liverpool 8," "sitting at home with nothing better to do in L.A." and laying down ideas with ProTools and synthesizers he keeps there. "I was just sort of building up these tracks...just having fun and seeing what happened," he recalls. "When I finally got it where I felt, 'There's enough music now'...I started calling people in and played 'em two tracks and said, 'I'd like to write a song with you on one of these. You can pick whichever track.' That's how we started writing."