Ringo, I Love You

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"Ringo, I Love You"
Single by Bonnie Jo Mason
B-side "Beatle Blues" (Instrumental)
Released March 4, 1964
Recorded 1964
Genre Pop rock
Length 1:50
Label Annette Records
Writer(s) Phil Spector, Paul Case, Vini Poncia, Peter Andreoli
Producer(s) Phil Spector
Bonnie Jo Mason singles chronology
"Ringo, I Love You"
(1964)
"Dream Baby"
(1965)

"Ringo, I Love You" is a rock song performed by American singer-actress Cher released under the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason, the name she used at the start of her career when based in Los Angeles. The song was released in 1964 during the height of Beatlemania.[1][2][3] The original vinyl is now a valuable rarity.[4] In 1999 the song was covered by German electronic duo Stereo Total and released on their studio album My Melody.[5]

Song information[edit]

"Ringo, I Love You" is the first solo song recorded by Cher. The single was released under the name of Bonnie Jo Mason because producer Phil Spector[6] wanted American names for his singers, and Cherilyn La Piere wasn't a name he considered sufficiently American.[7] The single failed to chart nationally, and did not pick up much local radio play, although it was a minor hit in Buffalo, New York.[8] It has been suggested that many radio stations wouldn't consider playing the record because they thought Cher's extremely low vocals were a man's vocals,[9] although the artist's female moniker and the fact that the singer explicitly identifies herself as a girl in the song makes this story open to question. The track does not have Spector's usual Wall of Sound production techniques, instead featuring more of a crudely arranged "beat group" sound. Spector, if he did indeed produce the track, took no producer credit, and the record did not appear on Philles Records, Spector's usual label.

"Beatle Blues" is on the single's B-side, a typical tossed-off Spector instrumental made so that the A-side would get all the attention. "Ringo, I Love You" has been released on compact disc on small indie record label, although not on Cher releases. Such a cd is "Girls in the Garage (Volume 4)", "Flabby Road"[10] and "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Rock & Roll (Volume 1)".

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" Promo (Annette 1000) [11]
  1. "Ringo, I Love You" – 1:50
  2. "Beatle Blues (Instrumental)" – 2:00

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Ribowsky, Mark (1989), He's a rebel, Dutton, ISBN 0-525-24727-0 
  • Parish, James Robert; Pitts, Michael R. (2003), Hollywood Songsters: Allyson to Funicello, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-94332-9 
  • Studwell, William Emmett; Lonergan, David F. (1999), The classic rock and roll reader, Routledge, ISBN 0-7890-0151-9 
  • Ivy, Press (2005), Heritage Odyssey Music and Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Catalog, Heritage Capital Corporation, ISBN 1-932899-94-4 
  • Keeley, Jennifer (2000), Women Pop Stars, Lucent Books, ISBN 1-56006-814-0 
  • Coplon, Jeff; Cher (1999), The First Time, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-671-03488-X 

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