Don’t Pass Me By (Starkey)

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Don’t Pass Me By (Starkey)


“I wrote Don’t Pass Me By when I was sitting round at home. I was fiddling with the piano – I just bang away – and then if a melody comes and some words, I just have to keep going. It was great to get my first song down, one that I had written. It was a very exciting time for me and everyone was really helpful, and recording that crazy violinist was a thrilling moment.” – Ringo Starr

“It was for John that I did an off-the-wall introduction, because we hadn’t a clue what to do with Ringo’s song. In the event, the intro was too bizarre for us to use, and the score was scrapped.” – George Martin on the orchestral score he prepared for Don’t Pass Me By, which was later released as “A Beginning” on Anthology 3


  • Ringo Starr – vocals, drums, tack piano, sleigh bells, cowbell, maracas, congas
  • Paul McCartney – grand piano, bass guitar
  • Jack Fallon – violin

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