Ringo Starr admits that the Beatles didn't go into the 1969 spring and summer sessions for Abbey Road convinced that it would be the band's swan song. During a chat with BBC 6 Music, he revealed: "We did do Abbey Road and we were like, ‘Okay that's pretty good. . . ' But none of us said, ‘OK, that's the last time we'll ever play together.' Nobody said that. I never felt that. We'd made this record, and then we would go off and do whatever we wanted to do. And then Paul (McCartney) would call us and say, ‘Hey, you want to go in the studio lads?' and we'd do another one. So it was not the end -- because in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. So I never felt it was in stone."

Ringo spoke about teaming up with McCartney to tackle "Grow Old With Me"; one of John Lennon's final songs -- and most tender ballads for his upcoming album, What's My Name due out on October 25th: "It's the best. I love playing with him. We played a lot together in 'that band' and he's still in the most melodic player. He's still incredible, for me, I feel the emotion when (he) plays. I had no idea about this song I bumped into (Lennon's Double Fantasy producer) Jack (Douglas) this year and he says, 'Did you ever hear the cassette?' I said, 'What cassette?' He said, 'Of John doing the songs! Doing the demos in Bermuda!' I love the song. It's very romantic and so it's probably, I'm guessing, written for John and Yoko (Ono)."

Ringo Starr explained that his bond with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison went far beyond what we saw onstage, or on some album cover over the years: "As guys, we gave each other everything, and we did become -- I'm an only child, I have three brothers. I had three solid brothers who loved me. I felt it, (they) protected me in many ways -- and supported me in a lot of other ways."


Elton John revealed that Yoko Ono wanted him to complete John Lennon's unfinished last songs. Ultimate Classic Rock posted an excerpt from the "Rocket Man's" new memoir Me, set for publication on October 15th. Elton spoke about how Yoko Ono was adamant that Elton finish Lennon's unreleased work.

Elton recalled: "She said she needed to see me, it was urgent, I had to come to New York right away. So I got on a plane. She told me she'd found a load of tapes with unfinished songs John had been working on just before he died. She asked me if I would complete them, so they could be released."

Elton admitted that for a number of reasons, he was simply not up for the task: "Actually, I didn't think the time would ever be right. Trying to work out how to finish songs John Lennon had started writing -- I wouldn't be so presumptuous. And the idea of putting my voice on the same record as his -- I thought it was horrible. Yoko was insistent, but so was I. Yoko thought she was honoring John's legacy, trying to fulfill his wishes, and I was refusing to help. I knew I was right, but that didn't make it any less depressing. In the end, she put the songs out as they were, on an album called Milk And Honey (in 1984)." (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Elton John, who shared a music publisher with the Beatles starting as far back as 1967, didn't meet and become friends with John Lennon until late-1973. Elton shed light on their unique friendship: "We got on like a house on fire and we hung out for a couple of years; I found him very kind, very funny. I don't know why we clicked, but we did and he clicked with my band and he clicked with the people around me. And we had so much fun. I was quite intimidated by him, because I knew he was razor sharp and could be very abrasive. But that side never came out with me -- only the kind side and the funny side."