Ringo Starr strikes solo gold in 1971 with ‘It Don’t Come Easy’

On August 4th, 1971, Ringo Starr scored a Gold record for ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’ It was an infectious hit written by Ringo and produced by his former Beatles bandmate George Harrison. Do you remember what instrument Ringo played in the Beatles?

The song itself was Ringo’s first single since the Beatles’ breakup. It peaked at number 1 in Canada and number 4 in both the U.S. and U.K. singles charts. It remains one of his most popular hits as a solo artist.

The music video features Ringo sporting a thick beard and sunglasses. He is playing an upright piano with winter gloves on in the snowy mountains. Then, Ringo skis down a hill.

He even rides a yellow snowmobile through the snowy mountains during the song. He alternates between snow adventures and playing and singing at the piano in the snow.

Ringo sings the song’s hook, ‘I don’t ask for much, I only want trust, and you know it don’t come easy. And this love of mine keeps growing all the time, and you know it don’t come easy.’

The tune was released as a non-album single in 1971. The song was heavily promoted by ‘Apple Records,’ making it a commercial success for the artist born as ‘Sir Richard Starkey.’

The tune was performed and recorded live in August 1971 at Harrison’s benefit ‘Concert for Bangladesh.’ The shows were held in New York City. Ringo has continued to perform the song over the years with his ‘All-Starr Band.’

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Ringo Starr strikes solo gold in 1971 with ‘It Don’t Come Easy’