Guest Starrs: The Top 5 Guitar Solos on Ringo Starr Songs
04. A DOSE OF ROCK 'N' ROLL Ringo's Rotogravure (1976).
Guitarists: Peter Frampton, Jesse Ed Davis, Danny Kortchmar.
There's not much to say about the two-part guitar solo on this song (most likely played by Jesse Ed Davis and Peter Frampton), except that it's dang perfect, although a little too brief. Listen to how it starts off all friendly and happy and then heads off into a menacing place as it follows the solo's unique chord changes.
I recently spoke to Frampton about this song, and here's how it went:
GUITAR WORLD: You’re credited with playing guitar on a Ringo Starr single from 1976, “A Dose of Rock ’N’ Roll,” from Ringo’s Rotogravure. But is that you playing the actual guitar solo?
PETER FRAMPTON: I can't remember [laughs]. It was the '70s, and I know I was sober for the session, but I'm not sure about right after. I'd have to listen to it again and see. People keep coming up to me, saying, "Is this you on this?" And I have to go listen to it to find out. I did more sessions than I remember doing. There were a lot of things in the '70s that I played on that people keep reminding me about.
[I play the song to him.]
Yeah, the first part is me. I forgot all about that! That's me. And then, I forget who it is that comes in there, but that sounds like I'm playing my Gibson and then a Telecaster or a Strat comes in.
Well, Jesse Ed Davis is one of the other guitarists who plays on that track. [NOTE: Guitarist Danny Kortchmar also plays on the song.]
Oh, yeah, Jesse Ed Davis. That's probably who it is.
To read the rest of my conversation with Frampton, head here.
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