Day 329: Photograph

Song: “Photograph” by Ringo Starr
Reached #1: November 24, 1973 (his first, 1 week)
Previously: Day 26

Live at the Concert for George

After the Beatles broke up in 1970, the question was, which of the Beatles would have successful solo careers? 

Frankly, nobody thought Ringo would be one of them – the last Beatle to join was considered a great drummer, but rarely got to lead a single… but he surprised everyone with two #1 hits in the winter of 1973-74.

Each song spent one week at #1, but both have become staples of Starr’s biannual “All-Starr” tours – “You’re Sixteen” and “Photograph”.

“Photograph” was co-written with George Harrison – which, as Starr notes in the clip above, changed the meaning of the lyrics when Harrison passed away in 2002.

As to the sometimes-friendly competition among the Beatles, if you use US #1 hits as a measuring stick, Paul McCartney won.  Sort of.  He is credited with 6 #1 solo hits, but only one was truly solo – two were with Wings, and three were duets (with Linda McCartney, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder).  Harrison had three #1s (including the ill-fated “My Sweet Lord”).  John Lennon had two (but, sadly, was only alive for one).  And Ringo had his two.  That’s a total of 13 #1 hits for the solo Beatles… or 7 less than they had as a band.

Tomorrow, one of my favorite band names ever – one with a connection to one of the Beatles…

Other songs that reached #1 on November 24:
1979 –
“No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer (Streisand’s third, 2 weeks)


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