A friendship kind of took off.
"The next thing is he invited me out to Radio City Music Hall for his birthday. I went up on stage to sing 'With A Little Help From My Friends.'"
They kept in touch, corresponding by e-mail. Starr said he liked Hubbard's songwriting. Hubbard said he liked Starr's songwriting. The British pop superstar told him, "Nobody thinks of me as a songwriter. I'm a Beatle and a drummer."
Hubbard said he didn't think that way. He was a fan.
He told Starr, "One of my favorite songs is a bonus track from 'Beacoups of Blues' called 'Coochy, Coochy.' I may cut that."
The former Beatle said he'd love to hear it.
Hubbard cut the track, then offered Starr the chance to add his own touches to the recording, to play drums on it if he wanted. But Starr liked the drums on the record and didn't want to change them. So he added shakers and sang a little on the track, which is on Hubbard's latest album, "The Grifter's Hymnal."
Hubbard laughed. "So I got a Beatle on my record."
He wasn't entirely sure if he and Starr will ever play the song together live, but Hubbard said he's supposed to be at the drummer's birthday bash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in July.
That might be another adventure to add to Hubbard's cache. He might be writing his memoirs, but he's not through making memories. He still tours as much as he can, though it's maybe not as crazy as it used to be. He frequently tours with his 19-year-old son, who plays guitar in the band.
His songwriting, too, sometimes reflects his later in life maturity.
"When you get older," he said, "you think about your own mortality."
Some of his songs have spiritual themes and imagery. He said he reads about a lot of different spiritual practices.
"I like to think I have my feet in both worlds," he said. "I have songs asking God why, and I have songs about strippers and Les Pauls. I'm able to look at things both ways."
The book may or may not happen, but Hubbard is going to give it a try.
"Worst comes to worst," he said, "I can give them as Christmas gifts."
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