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Written by: Starkey
Recorded: February; March; October 1970
Producer: George Harrison

Released: 9 April 1971

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Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo Starr


Ringo Starr: vocals, drums
George Harrison: acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Gary Wright: piano
Klaus Voormann: bass guitar
Mal Evans: tambourine
Pete Ham, Tom Evans: vocals
Ron Cattermole: saxophone, trumpet
Jim Keltner: maracas
Unknown: horns

‘It Don’t Come Easy’ was a standalone single released by Ringo Starr in 1971.

The single was a critical and commercial success, and topped the Canadian singles chart. See more…

Although Starr received the sole songwriting credit, in 1998 he said, during an appearance on VH1 Storytellers: “I wrote this song with the one and only George Harrison.”

Klaus is teaching me guitar. It’s interesting, because I played in E for the past 10 years, and now I can play all the other chords, and with not knowing I just jump into strange chords that no one seems to get into. Most of the stuff I write is 12 bar, anyway. Then I take it to George who puts in five more chords and you all say, ‘God , look at that, see the way he wrote that song with all those chords?’ Ha, ha, ha. But I usually write it in three.

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I can’t believe that there’s not a thread about this song here.  Maybe I missed it.  Anyway, it’s my fave song by an ex-Beatle, by far.  I realize that many claim Harrison actually wrote it, but it’s still my fave.  Anyone else feel this way?

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If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one album with me, it would be Revolver. 

I just hope that I would have some means of playing it.  Ha ha!

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I agree @Emmett, that’s a great song that would not have been out of place on All Things Must Pass . Have you heard George’s demo?


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You and I have memories
Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

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