Sunday, January 2, 2011

You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine) by Ringo Starr – ****

First released: 1973

Composers Richard and Robert Sherman may be forever linked with composing everything Disney issued during the 1960s, but their biggest success came from an unexpected source in the 1970s, when Paul McCartney urged Ringo to record and later release this song as the second single off of his "Ringo" album. It was and is one of Ringo’s biggest hits, originally a hit for Johnny Burnette in 1960 and included on Ringo’s "Blast From Your Past" in 1975 and 2007’s "Photograph" compilation. It’s always a concert favorite and Ringo also sang a duet version with Carrie Fisher for his 1978 Ringo TV special that has not been commercially released to record. Another great Ringo tune. Different live versions appear on 1990’s "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band" (this version reissued on 2000’s "The Anthology…So Far"), "Ringo Starr and His Third All-Starr Band Volume 1" from 1997 and 2002’s "Ringo & His New All-Starr Band".

Ringo has since retired the song from his act, deeming it kind of creepy since he's a 70+ year old man pining for a teenager. It's a shame, because it's still good, despite the lyric.

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