Oh My My (Ringo Starr song)

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"Oh My My"
Netherlands picture sleeve
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Ringo
B-side "Step Lightly" (US)
"No No Song" (UK)
Released 18 February 1974 (US)
9 January 1976 (UK)
Format Vinyl record 7"
Recorded September 1973
Genre Rock
Length 3:38
Label Apple Records
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"You're Sixteen"
(1974)
"Oh My My"
(1974)
"Only You (And You Alone)"
(1974)
Ringo track listing

"Oh My My" is a song released as single from, and on, Ringo Starr's 1973 album, Ringo, and features backing vocals from Merry Clayton and Martha Reeves.

Background[edit]

The song was co-written by Starr (credited by his real name, "Richard Starkey") and Vini Poncia, a frequent Ringo co-writer. Billy Preston plays keyboards on the track.[1] Both Ringo and Jim Keltner play drums on it. Klaus Voormann plays bass. Tom Scott plays the saxophone solo.

Release[edit]

Released on 18 February 1974 in the US,[nb 1][2] It hit number five on the Billboard pop singles chart, number three in Canada, and number twenty four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, making it one of the most successful songs of Starr's career. The song was released in the UK on 9 January 1976,[nb 2] backed with "No No Song",[3] to promote Starr's Blast from Your Past compilation album.[4]

Starr first performed "Oh My My" in 2008 with the tenth incarnation of the All-Starr Band.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered by Ike & Tina Turner, who performed it on a 1974 episode of Soul Train.
  • Bette Midler performed a cover of the track on her live album Live at Last.[6]
  • David Hentschel released an instrumental version on Starr's own Ring O'Records label, in 1975.
  • Maggie Bell recorded the song in 1974.
  • Kirka, a Finnish band, released the song with Finnish lyrics.

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ US Apple 1872[2]
  2. ^ UK Apple R 6011[3]
Citations
  1. ^ Rodriguez, Robert (2010). Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970–1980 (illustrated ed.). New York: Backbeat Books. p. 74. ISBN 9780879309688. 
  2. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  3. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  4. ^ "Ringo Starr - Oh My My". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Jackson, Andrew Grant (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers (illustrated ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 118. ISBN 9780810882225. 
  6. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Live at Last - Bette Midler : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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