You're Sixteen

Album: Ringo (1974)
Charted: 4 1
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  • This song, about a beautiful girl the singer is in love with, was the second solo project by Ringo Starr to reach #1 ("Photograph" is the first, and remains one of his most fondly remembered hits). The song was written by the Sherman Brothers, who are famous for writing the Disney classics "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "It's A Small World." The first recording of the song was by Johnny Burnette in 1960; his version was featured in the 1973 movie American Grafitti. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Richard Perry, who worked with Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles and many other stars, produced this track. He said that producing Ringo's album was the "greatest thrill" of his career.
  • The song found its way to Johnny Burnette after the Sherman Brothers asked his brother, Dorsey, to sing the demo. Dorsey and Johnny were both rockabilly singers; "You're Sixteen" was Johnny's biggest hit, reaching #8 US and #3 UK.
  • Ringo got a lot of help on his solo efforts, and on this track, Harry Nilsson sang backup and Paul McCartney made the noise that sounds like a kazoo (producer Richard Perry said he was singing; the album credits him for "vocal sax solo"). Others who contributed to the album include John Lennon, George Harrison, Rick Danko, Nicky Hopkins, Levon Helm and Marc Bolan. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • In 1978, Starr starred (ha!) in a TV movie called Ringo, where he sang this to the actress Carrie Fisher in a trippy sequence.
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  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 23, 1973, Ringo Starr's covered version of "You're Sixteen" moved into the #27 position on Billboard's Top 100 chart, and the record one position lower at #28 was "Photograph" by Ringo Starr...
    Both records peaked at #1 on the Top 100; five weeks earlier on November 18th "Photograph" spent one week in the top spot, and four weeks later on January 20th, 1974 "You're Sixteen" would peak at #1 for one week...
    Between 1970 and 1981 he had fourteen records on the Top 100 chart; half of them made the Top 10 with two reaching #1 {the above two}...
    His seven Top 10 records charted consecutively; "It Don't Come Easy" {#4 in 1971}, "Back Off Boogaloo" {#9 in 1972}, then his two #1 records, " "Oh My My" {#5 in 1974}, "Only You" {#6 in 1975}, and finally "The No No Song" {#3 in 1975}...
    Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, will celebrate his 78th birthday come next July 7th {2018}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 26, 1960, Johnny Burnette performed "You're Sixteen" on the Merv Griffin NBC-TV Saturday-evening half-hour program, 'Saturday Prom'*...
    At the time the song was at #32 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, eight weeks later it would peak at #8 {for 2 weeks} and it spent fifteen weeks on the Top 100...
    Thirteen years later in 1973, Ringo Starr would cover the song, his version reached #1 for one week on the Top 100 chart...
    Besides "You're Sixteen", Johnny Burnette had four other Top 100 records,"Dreamin'" {#11 in 1960}, "Little Boy Sad" {#17 in 1961}, "Big Big World" {#58 in 1961}, and "God, Country, and My Baby" {#18 in 1961}...
    Sadly, John Joseph Burnette, passed away at the young age of 30 on August 14th, 1964 {boating accident}...
    * 'Saturday Prom' was the NBC-TV network's attempted to lure viewers of the recently cancelled 'Saturday Dick Clark Show', both shows had the same sponsor, Beech-Nut Gum.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 4th 1961, Johnny Burnette undergoes an emergency appendectomy* at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California...
    At the time his original version of "You're Sixteen" was at #24 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; just under six weeks earlier on December 26th, 1960 it had peaked at #8 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 15 weeks...
    And two days later on February 6th his next release, "Little Boy Sad", would enter the Top 100 at position #66; five weeks later on March 13th it would peak at #17 {for 2 weeks} and it spent 9 weeks on the chart...
    He had three other Top 100 records; "Dreamin'" {#11 in 1960}, "Big Big World" {#58 in 1961}, and "God, Country, and My Baby" {#18 in 1961}...
    Sadly, Mr. Burnette, born John Joseph Burnette, passed away on August 14th, 1964 at the young age of 30 {boating accident}...
    * As a result of his appendectomy his was forced to cancel his upcoming tour of England.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyProducer Thomas "Snuff" Garrett died on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at the age of 76.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 30th 1961, Johnny Burnette performed "Big Big World" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One month earlier on April 25th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #92; eventually it peaked at #51 and spent 7 weeks on the Top 100...
    Due to his untimely death he had only four other records make the Top 100; "Dreamin'" (#11 in 1960), original version of "You're Sixteen" (#8 in 1960), "Little Boy Sad" (#58 in 1961), and "God, Country, and My Baby" (#18 in 1961)...
    Sadly, Mr. Burnette died on August 14th, 1964 at the young age of 30 (a boating accident)...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 9th, 1973, "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on January 20th, 1974 it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #2 in Canada and on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Thirteen years earlier on December 26th, 1960 Johnny Burnette's original version peaked at #8 for 2 weeks (it reached #3 in the U.K.)...
    R.I.P. Mr. Burnette (1934 - 1964) and Ringo, aka Richard Starkey, will celebrate his 74th birthday come next July 7th.
  • Kevin from Edmonton, AbNote the following from the Wikipedea page on this song: "....McCartney is credited on the liner notes of the album Ringo as having played the solo on a kazoo. But reviewer Michael Verity has quoted the song's producer, Richard Perry, as revealing it wasn't actually a kazoo. “In fact, the solo on ‘You’re Sixteen,’ which sounds like a kazoo or something, was Paul singing very spontaneously as we played that track back, so he’s singing the solo on that."
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxAs indicated above, Dickie Goodman used a clip from this. He's supposedly calling King Faisal in Saudi Arabia (who was assassinated soon after) and asks him what he thought when he looked out at all his oil wells. Of course, the response was, 'You're beautiful and you're mine.'
  • Tim from Springfield, MaThe best thing Ringo ever did on his own.
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