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Snookeroo (Ringo Starr single - cover art).jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"No No Song"
"(It's All Down to) Goodnight Vienna"
"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][not in citation given] Bernie Taupin backs this up by calling it "a simple biographical thing".[2][not in citation given] Elton John recalled, "Bernie wrote really simple lyrics, very Ringo type lyrics and I tried to write a simple sort of melody to it".[2] Elton John also plays piano on the track.

The title refers to the billiards game snooker. Charting as a tag-along with "No No Song" in the US, it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. On the Cash Box chart, which listed single sides separately, it "bubbled under" at number 105.[3]

The UK version of the single was released on 21 February 1975 with "Oo-Wee" on the B-side,[nb 1][4]; both tracks were taken from the album Goodnight Vienna. The record failed to chart in the UK.


  1. ^ UK Apple R 6004[4]
  1. ^ Claude Bernardin and Tom Stanton, Rocket Man: Elton John A to Z p. 95
  2. ^ a b Rolling Stone magazine 21 November 1974 - "The Four Eyed Bitch is Back" by Ben Fong-Torres, page 61
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 481. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7. 
  4. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 182. ISBN 9780753508435. 

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