Wings (Ringo Starr song)

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Wings single.jpg
A-side label
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Ringo the 4th
B-side "Just a Dream"
Released 25 August 1977
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 3:26 (album version)
3:03 (single version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Richard Starkey
Vince Poncia
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
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Ringo Starr - Wings (2012).jpg
Download cover
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Ringo 2012
Released 10 January 2012
Format Download
Genre Reggae rock
Length 3:31
Label Hip-O Records
Writer(s) Richard Starkey
Vince Poncia
Producer(s) Ringo Starr
Bruce Sugar
Ringo Starr singles chronology
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"Postcards from Paradise"
Music video
Music Video on YouTube

"Wings" is a song by Ringo Starr, originally recorded for and released as a single from the album Ringo the 4th. It was co-written with Vini Poncia in 1977. Starr later re-recorded it, produced by Starr and Bruce Sugar, and released it as a single from his 2012 studio album, Ringo 2012.


"Wings" was re-recorded for Ringo 2012.[1] Starr on the 2012 re-recording: "This is a song I first recorded on Ringo the 4th back when an album meant vinyl. These are different days, and it's one of those songs I always wanted to revisit. I wrote "Wings" with Vinnie Poncia in New York, and he doesn't know I've done this yet. I'm going to surprise Vinnie and send it to him...For the last two years, I've been listening to a lot of reggae, so this album has a reggae feel to it. What can I tell you? I'm a product of my environment. I always loved the sentiment of this song, and I'm glad we finally got it right."[2] A live version by Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, recorded live in Atlanta, was released on the Hurricane Sandy charity compilation Songs After Sandy: Friends of Red Hook for Sandy Relief.[3]

Starr gave filmmakers the chance to do an official promo video for "Wings"; the winning video was chosen by Starr himself.[4] Starr called it "a great little video".[5]


The original version was released as a single in the US on 26 August 1977, backed with "Just a Dream".[nb 1][6]


In a review for Ultimate Classic Rock, Billy Dukes calls the re-make "less passionate, border-line lifeless vocal performance" when compared to the original.[7]


Ringo the 4th[8]

Ringo 2012[1]


  1. ^ US Atlantic 3429[6]
  1. ^ a b Ringo 2012 (Booklet). Ringo Starr. Hip-O Records. 2012. p. 1. 
  2. ^ ""Wings" - The New Single From Ringo 2012 Download Today!". thebeatles. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ringo Starr Grooves Through 'Wings' in Atlanta - Premiere | Music News". Rolling Stone. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ringo Starr - Wings". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Lederman, Marsha (17 April 2012). "Vancouver filmmaker wins with Ringo Starr video". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  7. ^ Dukes, Billy (3 January 2012). "Ringo Starr, 'Wings' – Song Review". Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Ringo the 4th (Inner sleeve). Ringo Starr. Polydor Records. 1977. 

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