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A-side label
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
B-side "Oo-Wee"
Released 21 February 1975 (UK only)
Format vinyl record 7"
Genre Rock
Length 3:29
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"No No Song"
"(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna"
Goodnight Vienna track listing

"Snookeroo" was Elton John and Bernie Taupin's contribution to Ringo Starr's 1974 album Goodnight Vienna.

Writing and release[edit]

The song, which concerns a happy-go-lucky lout from northern England, was written about Starr himself.[1] Bernie Taupin backs this up by calling it "a simple biographical thing".[2] Ringo, when he approached Elton to write a song for him, told Elton to "make it nice and commercial". Elton said "Bernie wrote really simple lyrics, very Ringo type lyrics and I tried to write a simple sort of melody to it".[2] Elton also plays piano on the track.

The title refers to the billiards game snooker. Charting as a double A-side with "No No Song" in the US, it reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The UK version of the single, released on 21 February 1975, with "Oo-Wee" on the B-side,[nb 1][3] both tracks were taken from the album Goodnight Vienna. The record failed to chart in the UK.


  1. ^ UK Apple R 6004[3]
  1. ^ Claude Bernardin and Tom Stanton, Rocket Man: Elton John A to Z.
  2. ^ a b Rolling Stone magazine 21 November 1974 - "The Four Eyed Bitch is Back" by Ben Fong-Torres, page 29
  3. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435. 

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