He bids farewell to his Beatles pal on the star-studded 'Ringo Rama'...

RINGO STARR has assembled a stellar cast of special guests to appear on his latest album, ‘RINGO RAMA’, which includes a tribute track to his late BEATLES bandmate GEORGE HARRISON.

The song ‘Never Without You’ is dedicated to Harrison, who died in November 2001.

“It was my way to say how much George meant to me and how much he will be remembered,” Billboard.com reports Starr saying. “I actually tried to get George, John Lennon, and Harry Nilsson all into that song. But it got too busy, so I thought I’m just going to do it for George.”

The track features a guitar solo from Eric Clapton, who was a close friend of Harrison. “I wanted Eric to come and play that solo because I only wanted people on the track who George knew and loved,” Starr explained.

Dave Gilmour, Willie Nelson and Eagle Timothy Schmit have also contributed to the album, alongside Shawn Colvin and Van Dyke Parks.

Set for release in March, it has been produced by Mark Hudson, whose past credits include Aerosmith and Baha Men.

Other tracks include ‘Missouri Loves Company’ and ‘I Think Therefore I Rock & Roll’, which feature Gilmour on guitar, and ‘Write One For Me’, on which Starr duets with Willie Nelson.