The idea for a solo album first came from the rest of the Beatles, who said that Starr should do a solo record, despite his minimal songwriting abilities, and later from his mother Elsie Starkey and step-dad Harry during one day at their Liverpool home.His mother said that Starr had good vocals.
The plan was to create an album of standards that would reflect his mother’s favourite songs,even asking them and other members of his family to choose the tracks. Starr engaged the services of Beatles producer George Martin to helm his solo debut, shortly after the Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969) came out.
I wondered, what shall I do with my life now that it’s over? I was brought up with all those songs, you know, my family used to sing those songs, my mother and my dad, my aunties and uncles. They were my first musical influences on me. So I went to see George Martin and said: ‘Let’s do an album of standards, and to make it interesting we’ll have all the arrangements done by different people”.