Peter Frampton Proves Ringo Starr’s Authority Over The Beatles’ Assets

Peter Frampton spoke to The SDR Show and remembered one of his works with The Beatles icon Ringo Starr. The musician revealed a priceless Beatles instrument that Starr and Mal Evans gave him for that project back then.

Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton have been close friends for a long time. They collaborated on several notable projects, such as Starr’s fifth studio album entitled ‘Ringo’s Rotogravure’ and the drummer’s live rock supergroup Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Their harmony and Frampton’s performance as a guitar player got positive reviews from the fans and audiences. In addition to them, they teamed up for a famous movie.

1973’s ‘Son of Dracula’ is a British musical film starring Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Freddie Jones, John Bonham, Keith Moon, and many more. It tells the story of Dracula’s son, Count Downe, whose family advisor Merlin asks him to come and take his father’s throne. He also has a band, including these legendary musicians. Therefore, Starr asked Frampton to perform in the movie as a guitarist and bring one of his friends to serve as a rhythm guitarist.

The problem was they didn’t have another guitar, so the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans gave him one of John Lennons’ guitars in his car’s trunk. Using the legendary instrument for the movie was an extraordinary and crazy experience for Frampton, and it was proof of the drummer’s authority over the equipment. Frampton stated that there was a setlist stuck on the back of the late Beatles icon’s guitar.

Here’s what the host said:

“You were in a movie called ‘Son of Dracula.’ In that movie, you were given a guitar, a Beatles guitar. In it, it had the setlist of the last Beatles show. That’s crazy.”

Frampton responded:

Ringo asked me to come and be in this movie for a couple of scenes playing guitar in the bands for the movie. When I arrived there, I brought my guitar. He said, ‘Can you bring another person from your band? We need a rhythm player.’ So I said, ‘Okay.’

We didn’t bring a guitar for him, so Mal Evans, the Beatles road manager, was there, and he said, ‘Well, I’ll go and get you some guitars.’ He goes and comes in. He’s got all the Beatles guitars in the trunk of his car. He’s got John Lennon’s black Rickenbacker, Paul’s bass. On the back of John Lennon’s guitar was the setlist stuck on a piece of paper for candlestick bar.”

You can check out the interview below.