October 28, 2012
The Rolling Stones had formed as a raw rhythm & blues/rock band. Their first United States chart single. “Not Fade Away,” reached number 48 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during the early summer of 1964. Their follow-up single in the USA, “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ peaked at number 24 during the summer of 1964.
It was the first Jagger/Richards composition to be released as the A side of a single. It was still a fairly raw sound but contained elements of their rock sound for which they would become famous. It was also a very early ballad and more would follow as the years passed.
Today it remains notable as the first Stones single to crack the top 40 in the United States.
March 17, 2012
Another of the Stones songs from their funk/disco period that took them away from their rock roots. It proved to he a huge hit reaching number one on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the United States.
The song was not as tight as many of the Rolling Stones songs as Mick Jagger and keyboardist Billy Preston added a jam like quality to it.
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE placed the song at number 498 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. I still don’t get it.
March 15, 2012
I reluctantly accepted The Rolling Stones when they travel in a funky direction but the Rolling Stones and disco is just to much.
“Hit Stuff” was released during the summer of 1976 and stalled at number 49 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the United States.
Harvey Mandel (of Canned Heat) was under consideration to replace the departed Mick Taylor on guitar and plays the lead guitar part. It wasn’t enough as the pernanent position went to Ron Wood.
March 9, 2012
Where are Smokey Robinson and The Miracles when you need them. They sold over one-million copies of “Going To A Go-Go” during early 1966.
Enter Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones. They included the song on their live album STILL LIFE and then released this live version as a single. One of the poorer singles in their long and distinguished history. They couldn’t play and Mick couldn’t sing this Motown classic.
The only thing that saves this single was the inclusion of a live “Beast Of Burdon” on the B side, which The Stones could play and Mick could sing. If you ever acquire the single, immediately turn it over.
March 6, 2012
“She’s So Cold” was the second single release from the Rolling Stones EMOTIONAL RESCUE album. It is a single that has aged well as I probably would have ranked it a star lower at the time of its release.
It was a rock song that may have been a bit repetitive lyrically but it had a rock foundation, which was very welcome as the Stones funky/disco period was finally coming to an end.
The single was a success in the Unite States, reaching number 28 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
March 6, 2012
Another of their disco inflenced songs that moved them away from the rock ‘n’ roll foundation. It proved to be another big hit in the United States as it reached number three on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
Bill Wyman provided the synthesizer work and Ian Stewart provided the piano playing. It proved that the band could still create popular music but during the next few years they would move back toward their rock roots.
March 5, 2012
“Beast Of Burden” is a song that has grown on me down through the years. It was a top ten hit for The Rolling Stones during the fall of 1978.
It was a mid-tempo rock tune that settled in to a nice rock groove. Keith Richard and Ron Wood trade the lead guitar licks, a style they would follow for the next several decades.
It may not be one of their defining songs but it was the late 1970s Stones at their best.
March 3, 2012
I am not a huge fan of a number of mid-1970s Rolling Stones singles. They just departed from the band’s rock ‘n’ roll strengths.
One of the singles I did admire was the title track from their album, IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT). It was a reply to the critics of the bands sound at the time. It became a successful single in the United States reaching number 16 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It may have been released by the Rolling Stones but it was recorded at the home of future Stones guitarist Ron Wood. The other musicians present were bassist Willie Weeks and drummer Kenny Jones. It was rcorded in one night.
The best part was it really was just good old rock ‘n’ roll.
March 2, 2012
“Angie” has never been one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs. What do I know however, as it was released as a single from their GOAT’S HEAD SOUP album and topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in The United States.
I have always found Mick Jagger’s vocal to be strained on this acoustic guitar driven ballad about a relationship ending. The best part may be the subtle piano lines by Nicky Hopkins.
The song was a part of their live set for several decades.
March 1, 2012
“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” was the fourth single pulled from The Rolling Stones GOAT’S HEAD SOUP album. It reached number 15 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in the United States.
The Rolling Stones went in a different direction with this track as it got a little funky in places. Both Billy Preston on clavinet and Mick Jagger on lead guitar used a wah-wah-peddle to influence the sound.
The lyrics were very dark as they told the New York City story of a young boy shot by mistake and a ten year old girl dying of a drug overdose.
It is one of those songs where the lyrics are much darker than the music.