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