Tuesday, November 11, 2014

40 Year Itch : Pigs Will Fly And The Earth Will Fry





On November 11, 1974, four days before the UK release of his new album Goodnight Vienna, Ringo Starr releases the Top 10 single "Only You", a Platters cover with John Lennon playing guitar ( and providing guide vocals) and Harry Nilsson singing those smooth multi-tracked harmony lines.
   



   The album pretty much follows the formula that made Ringo such a huge success. Richard Perry is again producing. The album opens with a John Lennon tune, the title track which means "We're getting out of here!" No other Beatles contribute this time around though. The other hits were Hoyt Axton's "No No Song" and its B-side "Snookeroo", written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and featuring Elton John on piano.


 

  The album cover's reference to The Day the Earth Stood Still and the presence of the robot Klaatu would inspire a Beatlesque Canadian band to call itself Klaatu in 1976, fueling rumors they were actually the Beatles. A million albums would sell before the truth was known.

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