Photograph (Ringo Starr song)
UK picture sleeve
|Single by Ringo Starr|
|from the album Ringo|
|B-side||"Down and Out"|
|Released||24 September 1973 (US)
19 October 1973 (UK)
|Writer(s)||Richard Starkey, George Harrison|
|Ringo Starr singles chronology|
"Photograph" is a song written by Ringo Starr and George Harrison. It was released by Starr as a single on 5 October 1973, reaching number eight in the UK and number one in the US singles charts. It can also be heard on the Ringo album and several compilation and live albums.
Recording and structure
This is one of many songs of Starr's to feature George Harrison. ("I'm the Greatest" is another.)
A promotional film was shot for the "Photograph" single, showing Starr walking around his new house at the time, Tittenhurst Park, which had been previously the home of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The B-side of the "Photograph" single, "Down and Out", was written by Starr on his own.
Performance at the Concert for George
On 29 November 2002, Starr performed "Photograph" at the Concert for George held in the Royal Albert Hall, London on the first anniversary of Harrison's death. According to the Concert for George website, "Ringo Starr caught everyone with a tear in their eye with a rendition of 'Photograph', a composition he wrote with George, which seemed to sum up how everyone felt." In this concert, Starr mentioned that the song took on a whole new meaning after the passing of Harrison.
- Ringo Starr – Drums, vocals
- George Harrison – 12-string acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Vini Poncia – Acoustic guitar
- Jimmy Calvert – Acoustic guitar
- Nicky Hopkins – Piano
- Klaus Voormann – Bass guitar
- Bobby Keys – Tenor saxophone
- Lon Van Eaton – Percussion
- Derrek Van Eaton – Percussion
- Jim Keltner – Drums
- Jack Nitzsche – Orchestral and choral arrangements
Cover versions and references
- Adam Sandler covered "Photograph" for the 2009 Judd Apatow film Funny People.
- Canadian band Sloan made reference to the song in their 1996 single "The Lines You Amend": "You'll always come to mind / Whenever I hear that song / The one about photographs / Sung by Ringo Starr / Especially in the chorus part / You always said, 'Now don't you start'."
- Camper Van Beethoven recorded a cover of this song, which appears on their 1993 rarities compilation album, Camper Vantiquities.
- "Gold & Platinum Database Search: "Starr"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435.
- Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. pp. 182, 183. ISBN 9780753508435.
- official Concert for George website
- Sullivan, Denise. "Camper Vantiquities - Camper Van Beethoven : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
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