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The Beatles: “Yellow Submarine”

The Hook: A children’s song from Paul for Ringo.

Album: Revolver

Year: 1966

Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey, was less than a year old when Paul McCartney thought of writing a kids’ song for Ringo to sing. Paul tells how “Yellow Submarine” came about.

Paul McCartney on how he got the idea for The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” OC:…writing it. :30

“I was lying in bed one night, and you know that moment just before you drift off to sleep? This is a little limbo moment. And with me, one of the things I find myself doing because I’m a songwriter is I’m thinking of ideas for songs. And somehow in that little limbo moment, I thought, ‘Ah, this might be good for Ringo. A children’s song,’ because Ringo was always very good with kids. And this idea of a ‘Yellow Submarine,’ like a kids book or something, came into my mind. So I think the next day I just started writing it.”