You’re Sixteen / Devil Woman 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 8 February 1974
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5995
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 10
Peak UK Chart Position 4
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21738-1U / 7YCE 21739-1U

 

Ringo’s fourth UK solo single was released here on 8 February 1974 and spent ten weeks in the charts, two of those at number 4. In the US it was released two months earlier on 3 December 1973 where it became his second number 1 during it’s 15 weeks in the charts.

This was the second single taken from the Ringo album on who’s liner notes it states that Paul played a kazoo solo. Richard Perry, the producer, has since said that Paul is actually singing the solo and a kazoo was not used at all! Harry Nilsson provided backing vocals and Nicky Hopkins is on piano.

It’s got to be said that a song like this wouldn’t get very far nowadays with a 33 year old bloke singing about a 16 year old girl, with ribbons and curls, getting into his car. A video for the track appeared in the Ringo TV special in 1978 and featured Carrie Fisher, who was 22 at the time, not 16, with Ringo, who by then was 38, and this doesn’t look right in places now – have a look below.

As my daughter said on her sixteenth birthday when I played her this track – “It’s a bit creepy dad”.

I have 4 copies as shown below

First Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre first press copy which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21738-1U and 7YCE 21739-1U. It also has TML stamped into the run out on each side which stands for The Mastering Lab, Hollywood. The record has a few very light marks but plays through excellently. The original card picture sleeve is in very good condition, just some light ringwear, a little shelfwear and a small stain on the back.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

First Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre first press copy which was made in France but was for the UK market – something to do with the 1973 oil crisis I believe (oil is needed for vinyl production). The numbers on the run outs are as follows : A side M3 297377 1, 05530 A 21 and a hand etched 121 0 5995 A, B side M3 297378 1, 05530 B 21 and a hand etched 0 5995 B. The record has a few light marks but plays through excellent on the A side and probably very good on the B side due to some light crackle here and there. It’s housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £3– £5

 

80’s Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre copy which was issued on the Parlophone label some time in 1982 (I’ve seen 1982 and 1984 mentioned but the Parlophone label set up and the fact that Ringo wasn’t selling at all in 1984 suggest 1982 to me). Like the original release it has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21738-1U and 7YCE 21739-1U and has TML stamped into the run out on each side. The record has one or two very light marks but plays through very well, just a little light crackle on both sides. It is housed in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £10– £15

 

80’s Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre copy on the Parlophone label from 1982. Like the copy above it has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21738-1U and 7YCE 21739-1U and has TML stamped into the run out on each side. The record has a few light marks but plays through very well, there’s a little light crackle at the start of both sides and a couple of feint ticks on the B side where there is a mark. It is currently housed in an old Parlophone sleeve.

Estimated Value : £10– £15

 

 

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