On 10 April, Sir Ringo Starr signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG. According to a press release by BMG, the agreement will cover Starr’s extraordinary work including The Beatles and his solo catalog spanning nearly 50 years, as well as his future compositions.
The deal includes over 150 titles including his featured songwriting contributions with The Beatles, ‘What Goes On’ from Rubber Soul, ‘Flying’ from Magical Mystery Tour, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ from The Beatles (aka the “White Album”), ‘Octopus’s Garden’ from Abbey Road, ‘Dig It’ and ‘Maggie Mae’ from Let It Be, as well as Beatles rarities including ‘Suzy Parker’, ‘Christmas Time, ’12 Bar Original’, and ‘Los Paranoias’.
On the occasion BMG US President, Repertoire & Marketing, Zach Katz mentioned, “It is an understatement to say our entire team is overwhelmingly excited to welcome Ringo to the BMG family. From New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles to our offices around the world, we are all in, globally committed, and eager to show him what a multimedia music company can do, across the board, when you have the right creative tools to put your music to work.”
Starr’s solo catalog runs to an astonishing 19 studio albums and series from his debut solo single release ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ to ‘Photograph’ from the platinum-certified Ringo, to the title track and namesake album Beaucoups of Blues, ‘Back Off Boogaloo’ from Goodnight Vienna, to his latest studio album Give More Love.
“I love making music and the song writing process – and putting new music out there to play along-side the old. How great to be working with BMG who are excited to have my entire catalog.” Starr exclaimed.
Ringo has been one of the world’s brightest musical personalities with nine Grammy Awards. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, first as a Beatle and then as a solo artist. A tireless sponsor, Starr was recently honored with a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music and charity.
“Ringo Starr is a contemporary artist with an incredible history, and BMG is exceptionally proud that he has chosen us to represent his past and future songs” BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said
Right from his childhood Ringo was clear of what he wanted to do. “When I was 13, I only wanted to be a drummer,” he reminisces.