Lennon's song for his old Beatles pal Ringo
Ringo Starr has revealed the unexpected message John Lennon left for him on a long-lost demo recorded shortly before his death.
The former Beatles drummer has teamed up with Paul McCartney to record a version of Grow Old With Me, written by Lennon during the sessions for Double Fantasy, the final record he made before he was shot dead outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980.
He only learned of the demo and personal message from his former bandmate years later, prompting him to record the song.
Starr (79), announcing his new album What's My Name, was introduced to the song by record producer Jack Douglas, who produced Lennon's Grammy-winning album and had the cassette with the song and message.
"It says on the beginning, 'This will be great for you, Ringo'."
Of Lennon, he added: "He'd have loved it."
Starr enlisted the help of McCartney (77) to play bass on the track, which he admitted had brought him to tears when he first heard it.