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Monday, September 29, 1997

Overdubs for "Vertical Man"

For Ringo Starr

Last updated on July 11, 2020


  • Recording studio: Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK



Some of the songs worked on during this session were first released on the "Vertical Man" Official album.

Some of the songs from this session also appear on:

Paul McCartney contributed to Ringo Starr’s 1998 album “Vertical Man”, by playing some bass lines on two songs, and also some backing vocals. From Wikipedia:

On 29 September, at McCartney’s The Mill studio, McCartney, Starr, Hudson, Emerick and Paul Wright worked on the track “La De Da“, which McCartney contributed bass and backing vocals to. This session was filmed by Grakal, and excerpts were later featured in the music video for the song. Also recorded was a new bass track for “What in the… World“— replacing the placeholder bass track from a July session. Upon hearing a playback of the track, McCartney remarked “Whoo … Rich! Sounds kinda Beatle-ish!” to which Starr replied “I know! That’s what I said to Mark months ago“. McCartney, now looking at Starr, told him “You are a fucking Beatle!

Paul McCartney’s contribution to “La De Da” and “What in the… World” is well documented, but the fact he has added backing vocals on “I Was Walkin’” is not mentioned in reference books like “Eight Arms To Hold You“. We assume his contribution was recorded during the same session at Hog Hill Mill.

Session activities

  1. I Was Walkin'

    Written by Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Dean Grakal


  2. What in the... World

    Written by Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Dean Grakal, Steve Dudas


  3. La De Da

    Written by Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Dean Grakal, Steve Dudas




Production staff

Going further

Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

We owe a lot to Chip Madinger and Mark Easter for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details!

Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium is the ultimate look at the careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr beyond the Beatles. Every aspect of their professional careers as solo artists is explored, from recording sessions, record releases and tours, to television, film and music videos, including everything in between. From their early film soundtrack work to the officially released retrospectives, all solo efforts by the four men are exhaustively examined.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the authors' website

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