Ringo Starr believes his and Paul McCartney's new cover of John Lennon's 1980 ballad, “Grow Old With Me” captures the Beatles' spirit. Lennon's co-producer Jack Douglas arranged the new string section for the track, which he and Lennon intended for the followup to his swan song, Double Fantasy.
Ringo spoke about the song, which will serve as the lead single to his 20th solo album, What's My Name, due out on October 25th, telling The Guardian, “Jack asked if I ever heard the Bermuda tapes, John’s demos from that time. And I had never heard all this. . . I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best.”
Ringo went on to say, “The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So, John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from (George Harrison‘s) 'Here Comes the Sun.' So in a way, it’s the four of us.”
In early-1981 Ringo chatted with Barbara Walters and recalled the last time he saw John Lennon during a fall 1980 visit to Manhattan. At the time, Lennon gifted Ringo two demos for his upcoming sessions — “Nobody Told Me” and the sadly ironic “Life Begins At 40 — neither of which, Ringo ever recorded: “I saw him on the 15th of Novem. . . I was staying at the Plaza, we went over to New York for a little while. And I hadn't seen him in a little while, because, we see each other wherever we are, and he came over with Yoko for an hour. And we had such a great time, 'cause they stayed five hours. And it didn't matter it was a year between we hadn't seen each other; it was always fine when we did. But it was particularly great time that I had, anyway.”