Ringo Starr Shares New Country Song, “So Wrong For So Long”


Ringo Starr Shares New Country Song, “So Wrong For So Long”

–Joe Lund

Ringo Starr has provided, via Billboard, an exclusive “first listen” to a country-flavored song from his forthcoming album, Give More Love. Titled “So Wrong for So Long,” the track was the very first song written for the LP, at a time when Starr and co-writer Dave Stewart were planning to make a full-on country album.

“Dave Stewart and I were going to go down to Nashville and do a country album there,” explained Starr, speaking at his home with writer David Wild in a promotional interview. “So we thought we should write a few country songs for when we get there. The first one we wrote here in the house was called ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Then I got offered another tour with the All-Starr Band, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. That’s how I ended up making another album at home and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends – everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”

Starr is no stranger to the country genre, going back to his early days with the Beatles. His spirited lead vocal on the Beatles’ twangy cover of “Act Naturally”—a song made famous by Buck Owens–served as the B-side for “Yesterday.” Also, in 1970 he released a country-western solo LP titled Beaucoups of Blues. Starr’s recording engineer, Bruce Sugar, feels that “So Wrong for So Long” has the potential to become a hit on contemporary country radio.

“It’s a good country song,” he told Billboard. “It’s a little more traditional than what they’re doing now on the radio, but it’d be interesting to see if they’d play Ringo on country radio. They should. It’d be great if they did.”

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