|Single by Johnny Burnette|
|from the album Johnny Burnette|
|B-side||"I Beg Your Pardon"|
|Writer(s)||Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman|
|Johnny Burnette singles chronology|
"You're Sixteen" is a song written by the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman). It was first performed by American rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette, whose version peaked at number eight on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960 and number 3 in the U.K. in 1961. The original 1960 version of "You're Sixteen" by Johnny Burnette is featured prominently on the 1973 motion picture soundtrack of the film American Graffiti.
The personnel on the Johnny Burnette version included:
- Johnny Burnette - vocal
- Bobby Gibbons - guitar
- Vincent Terri - guitar
- Red Callender - bass
- Ernie Freeman - piano
- Jerry Allison - drums
- Alvin Dinkin - viola
- Stanley Harris - viola
- Dave Berman - violin
- Herman Clebanoff - violin
- Harold Dicterow - violin
- Ben "Benny" Gill - violin
- Irma Newman - violin
- Joe Stepansky - violin
- Darrel Terwilliger - violin
- Gerald Vinci - violin
- unknown - backing vocals
Ringo Starr version
UK picture sleeve
|Single by Ringo Starr|
|from the album Ringo|
|Released||3 December 1973 (US)
8 February 1974 (UK)
|Genre||Rock and roll, country|
|Ringo Starr singles chronology|
Ringo Starr's version was released as a single in the US,[nb 1] on 3 December 1973, and in the UK,[nb 2] on 8 February 1974. In January 1974, the song, taken from the album Ringo, hit number one. The latter performance reunited Ringo Starr with his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. McCartney is credited on the liner notes of the album Ringo as having played the solo on a kazoo. But reviewer Michael Verity has quoted the song's producer, Richard Perry, as revealing it wasn't actually a kazoo. “In fact, the solo on ‘You’re Sixteen,’ which sounds like a kazoo or something, was Paul singing very spontaneously as we played that track back, so he’s singing the solo on that.” In any case, Starr's version remains one of the few #1 singles to feature a 'kazoo-sound' solo. Harry Nilsson sang backing vocals on Starr's version. Nicky Hopkins is heard playing the piano, including his going up and down the scale in the instrumental fade of the song. Also, the Ringo Starr version was in 6/8 time, compared to the original, which was in 2/4 time. In addition, in Ringo's version, the melody and the chords were different, in the Bridge Section, which led to a minor key, while the original version used all major keys.
The 1978 video of Starr's version features Carrie Fisher as Starr's love interest.
The song title has been the subject of musical parody by various performers, from Australian punk rock band Frenzal Rhomb's "She's Sixty, She's Beautiful and She's Mine" to Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly's "You're 39, You're Beautiful and You're Mine". A reference to "You're Sixteen" is made in the title of Cold Chisel's EP You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine.
- You're Sixteen Chart Positions Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- 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.
- Michael Verity, “Number 1 With A Bullet: Ringo Starr’s ‘You’re Sixteen’”[permanent dead link] Retrieved May 24, 2013.
"Show and Tell" by Al Wilson
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Ringo Starr version)
January 26, 1974 (one week)
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