US album release: Stop And Smell The Roses by Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr’s eighth solo album, Stop And Smell The Roses, was released in the United States on 27 October 1981, nearly a month before its UK release.

The album was mostly recorded in the United States and the Bahamas from July 1980 to February 1981. It featured a number of collaborators, including Paul and Linda McCartney, George Harrison, Ronnie Wood, and Harry Nilsson.

Ringo Starr – Stop And Smell The Roses (1981)

The lead single, ‘Wrack My Brain’, was released at the same time as the album, with ‘Drumming Is My Madness’ on the b-side. It peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Starr’s final US top 40 hit. The album reached number 98.

A second single, Paul McCartney’s ‘Private Property’, was released on 13 January 1982, but failed to chart anywhere. Starr was dropped by RCA shortly afterwards.

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UK album release: Stop And Smell The Roses by Ringo Starr
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