Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy on Ringo (1971)

Ringo Starr - It Don't Come Easy on Ringo (1971)
"It Don't Come Easy" is a song by Ringo Starr released as an Apple Records single in April 1971, reaching number 1 in Canada and number 4 in both the US and UK singles charts. It was Starr's first solo single in the UK, but his second in the US (the first was "Beaucoups of Blues"), following the break-up of the Beatles.



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"It Don't Come Easy", backed with "Early 1970", was released on 9 April 1971 in the UK, and a week later, on 16 April in the US. In a contemporary review, in the NME, Alan Smith described the song as "undoubtedly one of the best, thumpin'est things the Starr man has ever done" and added: "That's a very strong hook he's got there, and George Harrison has given the record a fat, pumping backing full of guts and stuff." Smith criticised Starr's vocal on the track, however, before concluding: "But on the credit side we have an inventive mind and a dry wit coming more and more into play with better songs. One day he may even write a masterpiece." Billboard's reviewer admired the single as Starr's "most commercial solo effort" yet and predicted: "Potent Top 40 rock material and vocal workout has it to take him all the way." The single peaked at number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached the fourth spot on the UK singles chart. The single beat the sales of Starr's fellow former-Beatles' singles at the time: John Lennon's "Power to the People", Paul McCartney's "Another Day" and Harrison's "Bangla Desh".

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