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CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18: Inductee Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Ringo Starr: “Photograph”

The Hook:
Beware of that third chord!

Album: Ringo

Year: 1973

Writers: Ringo Starr and George Harrison

Topped the Billboard Hot 100

Ringo Starr says that when he thinks of “Photograph” he remembers writing it with George Harrison — and the difficulty he encountered in doing so. He explains:

Ringo Starr on writing “Photograph.” OC:…I love. :25

“I was in Spain at the time that I wrote it and I bought this Spanish guitar and George was trying to get me to play other chords besides E, which I played. So he taught me C and C was just so hard. It’s D to E, the original [sings then yells in frustration] But that’s how it started, so, you know, they just arrive. But the sentiment of that song I love.”