Released at the height of Beatlemania, this is a novelty song dedicated to Ringo Starr (real name: Richard Starkey), who was The Beatles' drummer.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
Bonnie Jo Mason is Cherilyn Sarkisyan, who went on to stardom as Cher. She was 18 years old when this was released as her first single. It tanked, but it wasn't long before she teamed up with Sonny Bono (professionally and romantically) and became a wildly popular entertainer.
This was written by Vini Poncia and Pete Anders, and produced by Phil Spector, who also got a songwriting credit. Poncia and Anders were members of The Trade Winds, and in an odd twist, Poncia would later write songs with Ringo Starr when he recorded as a solo artist: "Devil Woman" and "Oh, My My" from the 1973 album Ringo were both Starr/Poncia collaborations. Poncia went on to produce Kiss.