Alice Cooper Recalls Recording A Song With Ringo Starr And Keith Moon, ‘We’ll All Be In Jail, If It Ever Gets Released’
The legendary musician Alice Cooper opened up about the story of how his iconic song ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ was recorded during an appearance on 95.5 KLOS, and apparently, the recording session ended with the Who drummer Keith Moon and the Beatles icon Ringo Starr creating a song while they’re drunk that may them get in trouble.
As many of you know, ‘Billion Dollar Babies‘ is the sixth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper which was released on February 25, 1973. The album has received immediate success as it became the best-selling Alice Cooper record at the time of its release, hit number one on the album charts in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
During a recent interview, Alice Cooper revealed that towards the ending of the recording of the album at Morgan Studio in London, the studio was filled with musicians such as Harry Nillson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, and Marc Bolan all of who were drunk and ready to play a song.
Apparently, all the legendary musicians decided to play Nillson’s track, ‘Put the Lime in the Coconut’ in a way that may get them in jail, according to Alice. In addition to this, all the musicians picked up the instruments that they don’t actually play and had fun together in a studio, casually hanging and playing silly versions of the songs.
Here is what Cooper said:
“Well, we had already done ‘School’s Out,’ which was, it was a no. 1 album in England, and so we decided to record ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ at Morgan Studios in London. And we got there, and so we’re pretty much at the end of a session, and all of a sudden, here comes Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan, Ringo, Keith Moon, Ric Grech, and they all decide they’re gonna play on a song.
What they didn’t realize was that we were just as drunk at that point of the night. Ezrin was the only one that was sober because it was the end of the night. We’d already finished recording. So Keith Moon picks up a guitar, Harry Nilsson gets on the drums, everybody’s playing the instrument they don’t play, the only guy playing a real instrument I think was Marc Bolan. To this day, we can’t remember who played on what on that album.”
“There was a version of ‘Put the Lime in the Coconut,’ that if it ever gets released, we’ll all be in jail. There was another version of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ I think we did, and finally, Bob Ezrin had to put an end to the session because it was just so incredibly silly.
We started doing the credits on the album, we couldn’t remember where Marc Bolan played, what song, and we couldn’t remember where Harry played piano, or where Keith Moon played drums or Ringo, any of that stuff. I mean, that was definitely one of the… When you hear stories about the ’70s, this was one of the stories. This was equal to the last weekend that night at the Morgan Studios.“
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