Ringo Starr Recalls Paul McCartney And John Lennon Presenting Him ‘Yellow Submarine’

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The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr recently spoke to USA TODAY’s Melissa Ruggieri and reflected on how Paul McCartney and John Lennon prepared the song, ‘Yello Submarine,’ in which Starr took over the lead vocals.

Yellow Submarine,’ a product of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership, appeared on the band’s 1966 album, ‘Revolver.’ The track became a big hit from the day it premiered, reaching number 1 in many countries. It was intended to be a fun children’s song and stood out with its simple lyrics and melody. What McCartney and Lennon had in their minds was to create a song specifically for Ringo Starr.

So, they thought ‘Yello Submarine’ would be the right one for the drummer to sing the lead vocals. After recording four takes for the instrumental parts, Ringo Starr performed his lead vocal parts, accompanied by Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison’s vocals over the choruses. In a recent appearance, Starr opened up about the making of the iconic song by saying that John Lennon and Paul McCartney thought it would work for him.

Then, the musician praised the song’s lyrics and McCartney’s impressive creative input. Starr stated that it could’ve been anything, but calling it a yellow submarine rather than any other color, like green or deep purple, was the best option. Lennon and McCartney wrote the song for Starr and handed it over to the drummer to perform the lead vocal parts. Starr was sure that they would choose the right one for him.

Ringo Starr’s words on ‘Yellow Submarine’:

“The boys used to write a song for me, and that’s how it worked, and they’d like to present whatever they thought would be good for me. That’s my impression of it. They had this song, ‘Yellow Submarine,’ and I’d like to be, you know, it has that attitude to it now in a yellow submarine, which was so great.

I think Paul thought that anyway, it’s like it could have been in a green submarine, which rhymes, but the yellow submarine is much better, or the, you know, deep purple submarine because it could have been anything. And that would’ve been like, woo, what are they talking about? But yeah, it was just, ‘Here’s your song Ringo,’ and ‘Okay.'”

You can listen to the song below.