Jerry Reed’s guest guitar on Ringo Starr’s countrified ‘$15 Draw’

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr nabbed this resplendently red selfie during the summer 1970 “Beaucoups of Blues” era.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr nabbed this resplendently red selfie during the summer 1970 “Beaucoups of Blues” era.
Clasping a cigarette between his index and middle fingers, 29-year-old Ringo Starr nabbed this resplendently red selfie during the “Beaucoups of Blues” era. Distributed in the wake of the Beatles’ break-up by their Apple Records on September 25, 1970, a scant six months after Starr’s head-scratching debut long player of pre-rock standards entitled “Sentimental Journey,” “Beaucoups” charted at No. 65 POP, No. 35 C&W. It surprisingly did not register at all in the left-handed fill drummer’s native homeland. Penned by Buzz Rabin, the title track was the only single released, barely climbing into the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 87. It was a glaring mistake not to push the vastly underrated “$15 Draw” instead. Photography by Ringo Starr / appears in “Photograph” via Genesis Publications
Likely “clawing” a patented guitar riff on the banks of the Cumberland River as fall breaks into winter, a warmly dressed Jerry Reed poses for the cover of sixth studio album “Cookin’”. Issued in January 1970, the experimental “Cookin’” was the gifted raconteur’s first record to briefly dent the pop album chart at No. 194 [No. 33 C&W]. Serving up a foot-tappin’ brew of acoustic blues, balladry, rock, and even pop psychedelia, “Cookin’” was preceded by “Turn It Around in Your Mind,” a driving, bitter-soaked A-side which failed to obtain any commercial impact. Photography by Jimmy Moore / Sony Music Entertainment / FanArt.tv
Glumly looking into the distance but sporting a timeless outdoorsy vest, blue short-sleeve shirt, bluejeans, and white sneakers, Ringo Starr is seated in the doorway of Mother Earth frontwoman Tracy Nelson’s smokehouse in Burns, Tennessee, for the album cover of “Beaucoups of Blues.” Photography by Marshall Fallwell, Jr. / Capitol / Genius
Steel guitar maestro Pete Drake, Ringo Starr, and Jack Drake are comrades in arms in this June 1970 shot from the same day as the cover photo of “Beaucoups of Blues” on the rustic property of Mother Earth chanteuse Tracy Nelson. The Drake brothers co-founded Window Music Publishing and Tomake Music in 1962, ultimately becoming one of the most successful independent publishing companies in Nashville. Jack was also a 24-year veteran of Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, leading the band and supplying bass. Photography by Marshall Fallwell, Jr. / The Pete Drake Music Group Collection
From left to right in the top row are Charlie Daniels, Dave Kirby, Chuck Howard, Gordon Stoker, Hoyt Hawkins, Neal Matthews, Ray Walker, Charlie McCoy, and Sorrels Pickard. In the middle row are Larry Kingston, Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Shook, George Richey, and Grover “Shorty” Lavender. Seated in the front row are Jim Buchanan, Roy Husky Jr., Pete Drake, Ringo Starr, D.J. Fontana, and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith on June 27, 1970, possibly outside Scotty Moore’s Music City Recorders in Nashville, Tennessee. Jerry Reed was only present for the previous day’s “$15 Draw” session. So far no photos have turned up of the Guitar Man and “Octopus’s Garden” singer. Photography by Marshall Fallwell, Jr. / The Pete Drake Music Group Collection
Guitarist Jerry Shook looks to be temporarily brandishing a six-string bass as Ringo Starr tries his hand at acoustic guitar during the sessions for the sad-eyed Beatle’s second solo album — “Beaucoups of Blues” — at Music City Recorders in Nashville, Tennessee, during the last day of tracking on June 27, 1970. First tenor-pianist Gordon Stoker, baritone Hoyt Hawkins, second-tenor-guitarist Neal Matthews, and bass vocalist Ray Walker of the Jordanaires are preparing to harmonize in the background. Photography by Marshall Fallwell, Jr. / The Pete Drake Music Group Collection

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