Ringo Starr Friday released “Rock Around the Clock,” the latest video from his current EP, “Change The World.”
The track closes the 4 song EP and has special significance, according to Starr.
“Yes, let’s rock! This track takes me back – rock and roll memories from when I was about to turn 15. I’d been in hospital with tuberculosis for a year or so, where I’d already spent my 7th and 14th birthdays, and I didn’t want to spend another one there again,” Starr said. “I was doing well, so my mother talked to the doctors, and they agreed to let me out.”
For Starr’s 15th birthday his grandparents took him to the Isle of Man and to see the film “Blackboard Jungle.” That’s when he first heard “Rock Around The Clock.” He describes the scene as it played on the big screen.
“I’m sitting there, I’d been in the hospital, don’t know much about what’s going on lately, and they ripped up the cinema!!! They just threw the chairs and went crazy. I thought, ‘WOW this is great!!!!’ I remember that moment like it was yesterday, it was incredible,” Starr recalled. “And the song just rocks. So when it came to choosing tracks for this EP I thought of doing ‘Rock Around the Clock’ for all these good reasons.”
The EP was recorded at Starr’s Roccabella West studio. In the video, he is looking every bit at the dapper rocker in a crisp white jacket with a black lapel. Interspersed with behind-the-scenes footage shot during the recording of the track, Starr masked with Nathan East on bass, and Bruce Sugar recording killer guitar licks from Joe Walsh in his own home studio.
“I first did a brushes version of it, like old school,” Starr revealed about the recording process. “Then I thought, ‘Nah, put the sticks on!’ And it rocked! Then I called Joe Walsh and he rocked and it’s a separate solo. If you listen to cover versions of ‘Rock Around The Clock’ everybody plays that same solo, and Joe made this one stand out. So thanks to the great Joe Walsh, Nathan East, Bruce Sugar and let’s not forget our backup singers Amy Keys and Windy Wagner! Thanks for rocking out with me through the pandemic! And Thank you Bill Haley! Peace and Love.”
The new EP, which was released September 22 also includes “Let’s Change The World”, “Coming Undone” and “Just That Way.”
The video was directed and filmed by Brent Carpenter and is released worldwide today.