Recently I had the great pleasure of spending a couple of days recording with Klaus Voormann, the German bass player who befriended the Beatles in Hamburg in 1960, and later played on sessions for John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and many others. (Klaus also drew the cover for the Beatles REVOLVER album, one of the most iconic pieces of 20th century artwork, in my opinion.)

What a total blast! Pianist Van Dyke Parks recommended me for it, and the band was me, Klaus, Van Dyke, and Jim Keltner on drums. That rhythm section was joined by Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Don Preston, Inara George, and Albert Lee for various tracks. Paul McCartney sent over his track from England for Klaus and Ringo to play on. It's all for a documentary on Klaus that will include a CD, book, and DVD. So much fun! (At left is Klaus and I with the REVOLVER album cover he signed for me.)


  1. Mark Hammerbacher | September 11, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    How clearly I still can hear the voice of Ringo, thanking Klaus, at the end of You and Me (Babe), for "helping out on this record we're making." I did not know that Klaus drew the cover of revolver, and I agree - it is iconic!


  2. Grant G. | September 11, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    Hi Mark,
    I love that "Ringo" record; one of the best post-Beatles records. And Klaus did all of the penciled artwork that appears in the booklet for that LP!

  3. .December 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Grant! Of course thank you for that awesome and inspiring solo on "Feels So Good."

    I notice from your bio that you're a collector of Mad Magazines. I've been combing the 'net trying to find an image I saw in one as a was a spoof of a Picasso painting. The "punchline" of the drawing was a finger that was inserted into the subject's nostril, with the tip of the finger visible in the subject's eyeball. It was absolutely hilarious. And idea how I can find an image of it?