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2003-Mar-29: Ringo's Opinion

In an interview published in this week's issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Ringo Starr expresses his opinion on Sir Paul's decision to change the credits to McCartney/Lennon on some of the songs featured in his new album.  (see December 19, 2002)  Ringo told the magazine:
"He's wanted to do it for years.  I'm not going to tell you his reasons -- he'll tell you them. But I think the way he did it was underhanded. I thought he should have done it officially with Yoko. But he didn't. It was the wrong way to go about it.
"I don't think John's been inflated.  People keep saying: 'Paul was on the fringe of this, that and the other.' For me, the point of it all was John was on the fringe. And it was his band.  Whatever you want to think, he was the original member. He brought the other two in, and brought me in.  Paul was the workaholic: If it hadn't been for Paul, we probably would have made a lot less records. But I don't think John is getting anything he doesn't deserve.

"It seems to be harmless to me, after more than 30 years of it being the other way, for people like Yoko who has benefited, and who continues to benefit, from my past efforts to be a little generous and to not have a problem with this suggestion of how to simply map out for those who do not know who wrote which songs."
Ringo hopes to prevent such a thing happening to him in the future.  On his new album,  Ringorama , the credits read: "Produced by Mark Hudson and Ringo Starr. Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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