THE ROLLING STONES Released Mega Hit ‘JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH’ 52 Years Ago Today…

Top singles from the past…

19 June 2020

Band: The Rolling Stones
Active: 1962-present
Single: Jumpin’ Jack Flash
B-side: Child Of The Moon
Released: 24 May 1968
Score: No 1 in the UK on 19 June 1968 – 52 years ago today
Also No 1 in the US

Keith Human Riff Richards said at the time (I have no clue what he’s talking about):
I used a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic tuned to open D, six-string. Open D or open E, which is the same thing – same intervals – but it would be slackened down some for D. Then there was a capo on it, to get that really tight sound. And there was another guitar over the top of that, but tuned to Nashville tuning. I learned that from somebody in George Jones’ band in San Antonio in 1964. The high-strung guitar was an acoustic, too. Both acoustics were put through a Philips cassette recorder. Just jam the mic right in the guitar and play it back through an extension speaker.”

But it’s all right / I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash / It’s a gas, gas, gas

C’mon Jack…

Super cool live version…

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‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ By THE ROLLING STONES – Released 55 Years Ago Today In The US

Top singles from the past…

6 June 2020

Band: The Rolling Stones
Song: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
B-side:  The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
Note 1: Written by Jagger/Richards, but it’s Keef‘s ace riff, intended to be replaced
by horns, that made this classic the steamy stunner we all know. Add the controversial lyrics about sexual aggravation and greedy commercialism and you have the hot
recipe for a timeless blockbuster.
Note 2: When the single was released in the US today 55 years ago it was initially
played only on pirate radios, because of the sexually suggestive content.
Score: No 1 in the UK and the US

Let’s have some…

Speedy live version (1965)


THE ROLLING STONES Scored No 1 UK Hit With ‘THE LAST TIME’ 55 (!) Years Ago

16 March 2020

Today 55 years ago, on 16 March 1965, imperishable rock icons THE ROLLING STONES scored their third number one hit in their home country UK with classic cracker ‘THE LAST TIME’ with that awesome Keef riff. It was the first No 1 credited to songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, nicknamed The Glimmer Twins. The song was recorded in California.

The resemblance with The Staple Singers tune This May Be The Last Time was
pretty obvious, but no claim was filed. On the other hand, the money greedy former
Rolling Stones business lawyer Allen Klein, whose company ABKCO Records owns the rights to all 60s Stones music, sued English rock band The Verve for using samples of the Andrew Oldham Orchestra (the band’s young, but tremendously clever manager) recording of The Last Time for their mega-hit Bitter Sweet Symphony.

Ladies and gents, The Rolling Stones

The Staple Singers

The Andrew Oldham Orchestra

The Verve


Picture This…

On 6 December 1968, 51 years ago THE ROLLING STONES released their highly acclaimed ‘BEGGARS BANQUET‘ album. It came out months later than planned because the band’s record label Decca Records refused the cover’s artwork – a toilet wall covered with graffiti – as proposed by the Stones who in turn refused any other image for the LP.

Finally, after months of discussion, the record label won the fight and went
for the stupidest and most uncharacteristic Stones album cover ever…

Eventually, the ‘toilet’ cover was later used for the CD reissue.

THE ROLLING STONES Released Their Top Album ‘LET IT BLEED’ 50 Years Ago…

4 December 2016

THE ROLLING STONES released ‘LET IT BLEED’ one of their best albums on 5 December 1969, 50 years ago. They rocked harder than before and lyrically they explored sexual
and demonic territories where they had never been before. Rolling Stone wrote, “Whether
it was spiritual, menstrual or visceral, the Stones made sure you went home covered in blood.”
. The record topped the UK Chart and peaked at #3 in the US.

Mick Taylor had joined the band as Brian Jones was fired in the midst of the recording sessions. He only played on two tracks and passed away 5 months before the LP came
out. Eventually, it was Keith Richards who did almost all the guitar parts.

Key Tracks: Gimme Shelter / Love In Vain / Midnight Rambler / Country Honk (actually another title for their hit single ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ / ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’

Album in full…


THE ROLLING STONES Topped The UK Singles Chart 55 Years Ago With ‘LITTLE RED ROOSTER’…

Knockouts from the past

3 December 2019

Band: The Rolling Stones
Song: Little Red Rooster
B-side: Off The Hook
Note 1: The song was written by blues legend Willie Dixon and first
recorded in 1961 by another blues icon Howlin’ Wolf
Note 2: The single topped the UK Chart 55 years ago, on 3 December
1964. It was their second Number One in their home country

Here’s some historic footage from a TV show performance of the hit single…


Picture This…

THE ROLLING STONES‘ 12th British/14th American album ‘IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N ROLL

The LP topped the US Albums Chart on 23 November 1974, 45 years ago today. The
front artwork was by the hand of Belgian painter Guy Peellaert. Mick Jagger invited him after seeing his work in the book Rock Dreams. Peellaert refused to work exclusively for The Stones. In 1974 he painted the image art for David Bowie‘s Diamond Dogs.

but we like it


THE ROLLING STONES Topped US Singles Chart 46 Years Ago With ‘ANGIE’…

Knockouts from the past

20 October 2019

Band: The Rolling Stones
Song: Angie
Album: Goats Head Soup
Note 1: The song was as usual credited to Jagger/Richards,
although it was almost entirely written by Keef Richards
Note 2: Released as a single in August 1973, ‘Angie‘ hit the
top spot in the US on 20 October 1973, 46 years ago. It also
reached #1 in Australia and Canada, and peaked at #5 in their
home country

Here comes the mysterious Angie…