April 7, 1998



New York, N.Y. - Mercury Records is set to release a new album from the legendary Ringo Starr entitled Vertical Man on June 16. 

The 13-track album, produced by Mark Hudson (whose co-writing credits include Aerosmith's "Living On the Edge", Celine Dion's "Reason", Hanson's "Where's The Love", and Jon Bon Jovi's "Naked"), features an all-star lineup of guest musicians including Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson, Stone Temple Pilot's Scott Weiland, Alanis Morrisette, The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmitt & Joe Walsh, Dave Gibbs, and Van Dyke Parks.

All but two songs were written by Ringo, Hudson, songwriter Dean Grakal and guitarist Steve Dudas.  Track listing is as follows:

"For over 30 years, Ringo Starr has been one of the most respected musicians and best-loved personalities in pop music.  On this album he has reached a new creative peak and I'm sure everyone who hears it will agree that it ranks among his greatest works," commented Steve Greenberg, Senior VP of A&R, Mercury Records.

Over the course of his illustrious career, Ringo Starr has sold over 10 million albums worldwide with the release of his nine solo albums: Sentimental Journey, Beaucoups Of Blues, Ringo (the only post-Beatles album to feature all four Fabs), GoodNight Vienna, Ringo's Rotogravure, Ringo The Fourth, Bad Boy, Stop And Smell The Roses, and Time Takes Time. 

Previous hit singles include "It Don't Come Easy", "Photograph", "You're Sixteen", "Black Off Boogaloo", "Only You", "Oh My My", and the "No No Song."  The last three Beatles Anthology albums (released in 1996-97), went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and garnered the two top ten hits "Free As A Bird", and "Real Love".

Ringo Starr and His All Star Band band featuring Jack Bruce (Cream), Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker (Procol Harem), Simon Kirke (Bad Company, Free), and Mark Rivera (Billy Joel) will embark on a festival tour throughout Europe in August. Dates to be announced shortly.

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