The Last Time (The Rolling Stones song)
"The Last Time" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, the band's first single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California in January 1965, "The Last Time" was the band's third UK single to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, spending three weeks at the top in March and early April 1965, it reached number two in the Irish Singles Chart in March 1965. Although "The Last Time" is credited to Jagger/Richards, the song's refrain is close to "This May Be the Last Time", a 1958 song by the Staple Singers. In 2003, Richards acknowledged this, saying: "we came up with'The Last Time', re-adapting a traditional gospel song, sung by the Staple Singers, but luckily the song itself goes back into the mists of time." The Rolling Stones' song has a main melody and a hook that were both absent in the Staple Singers' version. Phil Spector, whose "Wall of Sound" approach can be heard on the recording, assisted with the production. Footage still exists of a number of performances of this song by the Rolling Stones in 1965: from the popular BBC-TV music show Top of the Pops, the 1965 New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert and American TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show and Shindig!.
A full live performance is prominently featured in the 2012 re-edit of the 1965 documentary Charlie Is My Darling. The footage confirms that the rhythm chords and guitar solo were played by Keith Richards, while the song's distinctive hook was played by Brian Jones, suggesting that Jones may have composed that riff. A popular song in the Stones' canon, it was performed in concert during the band's 1965, 1966 and 1967 tours, it was left off their concert set lists until 1997–98, when it reappeared on the Bridges to Babylon Tour. It appeared on some of the band's set lists in 2012–13 on the 50 & Counting tour. Mick Jagger – lead vocals, percussion Brian Jones – lead and rhythm guitar Keith Richards – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals Bill Wyman – bass Charlie Watts – drums In 1965, Andrew Oldham Orchestra recorded the song for the album The Rolling Stones Songbook; the recording and its distinctive passage for strings was arranged by David Whitaker. In 1997, former Rolling Stones business manager Allen Klein, whose company ABKCO Records owns the rights to all Rolling Stones material from the 1960s, sued English rock band the Verve for using a sample of the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of "The Last Time" in their hit song "Bitter Sweet Symphony".
The Verve had obtained a licence to use the sample, but Klein argued that the band used more than the licence covered. The Verve were required to relinquish 100% of their royalties from their hit song to ABKCO and the songwriting credit was changed to Jagger/Richards/Ashcroft; this led to Andrew Loog Oldham, who owns the copyright on the orchestral rendition, sampled suing the Verve. In 1967, after the imprisonment of Jagger and Richards on drugs charges, the Who recorded "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb" as a single; the intention was to help Jagger and Richards make bail, but by the time the single was made available, they had been released. The songs were rush recorded and the record appeared in shops in only one week; as John Entwistle was away on his honeymoon he authorised the Who to do the record without him and bass parts were overdubbed by Pete Townshend. The UK-only release reached number 44 on the UK Singles Chart. American country music singer Bobby Bare covered the song on his 1978 album, Sleeper Wherever I Fall.
The Grateful Dead covered it during the 1990s – in particular, at a concert on 26 June 1993 at RFK Stadium during the second set after "Space". In 1997, country music group the Tractors covered the song on the album Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones, their version peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot Country Tracks chart. Australian singer John Farnham covered the song in 2002, as the lead single and title track of his 2002 album, The Last Time; the same hook was sampled in several subsequent recordings by other artists, most notably in "Number 1" by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz, which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, in the week of its official release on 20 April 2009
Keith Richards is an English musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, secondary vocalist, co-principal songwriter of the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine called Richards the creator of "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him fourth on its list of 100 best guitarists in 2011, the magazine lists fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger on its "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list. Richards plays both lead and rhythm guitar parts in the same song, as the Stones are known for their guitar interplay of rhythm and lead between Richards and the other guitarist in the band – Brian Jones, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood. In the recording studio Richards sometimes plays all of the guitar parts, notably on the songs "Paint It Black", "Ruby Tuesday", "Sympathy for the Devil", " Satisfaction", "Gimme Shelter", he is a vocalist, singing backing vocals on many Rolling Stones songs as well as occasional lead vocals, such as on the Rolling Stones' 1972 single "Happy", as well as with his side project, the X-Pensive Winos.
Richards was born on 18 December 1943 at Livingston Hospital, in Dartford, England. He is the only child of Herbert William Richards, his father was a factory worker, wounded in the Second World War during the Normandy invasion. Richards' paternal grandparents and Eliza Richards, were socialists and civic leaders, whom he credited as "more or less creat the Walthamstow Labour Party", whilst Eliza became mayor of the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow in London in 1941, his great-grandfather's family originated from Wales. His maternal grandfather, Augustus Theodore "Gus" Dupree, who toured Britain with a jazz big band, Gus Dupree and his Boys, fostered Richards' interest in the guitar. Richards has said, his grandfather'teased' the young Richards with a guitar, on a shelf that Richards couldn't reach at the time. Dupree told Richards that if Richards could reach the guitar, he could have it. Richards devised all manner of ways of reaching the guitar, including putting books and cushions on a chair, until getting hold of the instrument, after which his grandfather taught him the rudiments of Richards' first tune, "Malagueña".
He worked on the number'like mad', his grandfather let him keep the guitar, which he called'the prize of the century'. Richards played at home, listening to recordings by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, others, his father, on the other hand, disparaged his son's musical enthusiasm. One of Richards' first guitar heroes was Elvis's guitarist Scotty Moore, he attended Wentworth Primary School with Mick Jagger and was his neighbour until 1954 when the Richards family moved. From 1955 to 1959, Richards attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys. Recruited by Dartford Tech's choirmaster, R. W. "Jake" Clare, he sang in a trio of boy sopranos at, among other occasions, Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II. In 1959, Richards was expelled from Dartford Tech for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College, where he met Dick Taylor. At Sidcup, he was diverted from his studies proper and devoted more time to playing guitar with other students in the boys' room. At this point, Richards had learned most of Chuck Berry's solos.
Richards met Jagger on a train. The mail-order rhythm & blues albums from Chess Records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters that Jagger was carrying revealed a mutual interest and led to a renewal of their friendship. Along with mutual friend Dick Taylor, Jagger was singing in an amateur band, Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which Richards soon joined; the Blues Boys folded when Brian Jones, after sharing thoughts on their joint interest in the blues music, invited Mick and Keith to the Bricklayers Arms pub, where they met Ian Stewart. By mid-1962 Richards had left Sidcup Art College to devote himself to music and moved into a London flat with Jagger and Jones, his parents divorced about the same time, resulting in his staying close to his mother and remaining estranged from his father until 1982. After the Rolling Stones signed to Decca Records in 1963, their band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, dropped the s from Richards' surname, believing that "Keith Richard", in his words, "looked more pop".
During the late 1970s, Richards re-established the s in his surname. Ian Stewart once stated. Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood have been quoted as stating that the Stones do not follow the band's long-time drummer, Charlie Watts, but rather follow Richards, as there was "no way of'not' following" him. Chris Spedding calls Richards' guitar playing "direct and unpretentious". Richards says he focuses on chords and rhythms, avoiding flamboyant and competitive virtuosity and trying not to be the "fastest gun in the west". Richards prefers teaming with at least one other guitarist and has never toured without one. Chuck Berry has been an inspiration for Richards, with Jagger, he introduced Berry's songs to the Rolling Stones' early repertoire. In the late 1960s Jones' declining contributions led Richards to record all guitar parts on many tracks, including slide guitar. Jones' replacement, Mick Taylor, played guitar with the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974. Taylor's virtuosity on lead guitar led to a pronounced separation between lead and rhythm guitar roles, most notably onstage.
In 1975 Taylor was replaced by Wood, whose arrival
Michael Kevin Taylor is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones. He has appeared on some of the Stones' classic albums including Let It Bleed, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.. Since leaving the Rolling Stones in December 1974, Taylor has worked with numerous other artists and released several solo albums. From November 2012 onwards he participated in the Stones' 50th-Anniversary shows in London and Newark, in the band's 50 & Counting World Tour, which included North America, Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park in 2013; the band decided to continue in 2014 with concerts in the UAE, Far East & Australia and Europe for the 14 On Fire tour. He was ranked 37th in Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash states. Taylor was born to a working-class family in Welwyn Garden City, but was raised in Hatfield, England, where his father worked as a fitter for the De Havilland aircraft company.
He began playing guitar at age nine. As a teenager, he formed bands with schoolmates and started performing concerts under names such as The Juniors and the Strangers, they appeared on television and put out a single. Part of the band was recruited for a new group called The Gods. In 1966, The Gods opened for Cream at the Starlite Ballroom in Wembley. In 1965, at age 16, Taylor went to see a John Mayall's Bluesbreakers performance at "The Hop" Woodhall Community Centre, Welwyn Garden City. On the night in question, I had gone to The Hop with some guys from our band, former schoolmates and Ex-Juniors Mick Taylor and Alan Shacklock, it was after John Mayall had finished his first set without a guitarist that it became clear that for some reason Eric Clapton was not going to show up. A group of local musicians, which included myself, Robert'Jab' Als, Herbie Sparks, others, along with three local guitarists—Alan Shacklock, Mick Casey and Mick Taylor—were in attendance. Taylor himself has said after seeing that Clapton hadn't appeared, but that his guitar had been set up on the stage, he approached John Mayall during the interval to ask if he could play with them.
Taylor mentioned that he'd heard their albums and knew some of the songs, after a moment of deliberation, Mayall agreed. Taylor amended, "I wasn't thinking that this was a great opportunity... I just wanted to get up on stage and play the guitar." Taylor played the second set with Mayall's band, after winning Mayall's respect, they exchanged phone numbers. This encounter proved to be pivotal in Taylor's career when Mayall began to look for a guitarist to fill Peter Green's vacancy the following year. Mayall contacted Taylor, invited him to take Green's place. Taylor made his debut with the Bluesbreakers at an old blues club in north London. For those in the music scene the night was an event..."Let's go and see this 17-year-old kid try and replace Eric". Taylor recorded the album Crusade with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. From 1966 to 1969, Taylor developed a guitar style, blues-based with Latin and jazz influences, he is the guitarist on the Bluesbreaker albums Diary of a Band, Bare Wires, Blues from Laurel Canyon.
On in his career, he further developed his skills as a slide guitarist. After Brian Jones was removed from The Rolling Stones in June 1969, John Mayall and Ian Stewart recommended Taylor to Mick Jagger. Taylor believed he was being called in to be a session musician at his first studio session with the Rolling Stones. An impressed Jagger and Keith Richards invited Taylor back the following day to continue rehearsing and recording with the band, he overdubbed guitar on "Country Honk" and "Live With Me" for the album Let It Bleed, on the single "Honky Tonk Women" released in the UK on 4 July 1969. Taylor's onstage debut as a Rolling Stone, at the age of 20, was the free concert in Hyde Park, London on 5 July 1969. An estimated quarter of a million people attended for a show that turned into a tribute to Brian Jones, who had died two days before the concert. After the 1973 European tour, Richards's drug problems had worsened and began affecting the ability of the band to function as a whole. Between recording sessions, the band members were living in various countries and during this period Taylor appeared on Herbie Mann's London Underground and appeared on Mann's album Reggae.
In November 1973, when the band was to begin work on the LP It's Only Rock'n Roll at Musicland Studios in Munich, Taylor missed some of the sessions while he underwent surgery for acute sinusitis. Not much was achieved during the first 10 days at Musicland. Most of the actual recordings were made in January at Musicland and in April 1974 in Jagger's estate in the English county of Hampshire dubbed "Stargroves"; when Taylor resumed work with the band, he found it difficult to get along with Richards. Not long after those recording sessions, Taylor went on a six-week expedition to Brazil, to travel down the Amazon River in a boat and explore Latin music. Just before the release of the album in October 1974, Taylor told Nick Kent from the NME about the new LP and that he had co-written "Till the Next Goodbye" and "Time Waits for No One" with Jagger. Kent showed Taylor the record sleeve, which revealed the absence of any songwriting credits for Taylor. I was a bit peeved about not getting credit for a couple of songs.
I guess. I decided to start a group with Jack Bruce. I never reall
John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group achieved worldwide fame during the 1960s. In 1969, Lennon started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono, he continued to pursue a solo career following the the Beatles' break-up in April 1970, he was born as John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, where he became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1957, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. Further to his Plastic Ono Band singles such as "Give Peace a Chance" and "Instant Karma!", Lennon subsequently produced albums that included John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, songs such as "Working Class Hero", "Imagine" and "Happy Xmas". After moving to New York City in 1971, he never returned to England for the remainder of his life.
In 1975, he disengaged himself from the music business to raise his infant son Sean, but re-emerged with Ono in 1980 with the album Double Fantasy. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building three weeks after the album's release. Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, drawings, on film and in interviews, he was controversial through his political and peace activism. From 1971 onwards, his criticism of the Vietnam War resulted in a three-year attempt by the Nixon administration to deport him; some of his songs were adopted as anthems by the larger counterculture. By 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States had exceeded 14 million units, he had 25 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as a co-writer or performer. In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lennon was twice posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: first in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again in 1994 as a solo artist. Lennon was born on 9 October 1940 at Liverpool Maternity Hospital, to Alfred Lennon. Alfred was a merchant seaman of Irish descent, away at the time of his son's birth, his parents named him John Winston Lennon after his paternal grandfather, John "Jack" Lennon, Prime Minister Winston Churchill. His father was away from home but sent regular pay cheques to 9 Newcastle Road, where Lennon lived with his mother; when he came home six months he offered to look after the family, but Julia, by pregnant with another man's child, rejected the idea. After her sister Mimi complained to Liverpool's Social Services twice, Julia gave her custody of Lennon. In July 1946, Lennon's father visited her and took his son to Blackpool, secretly intending to emigrate to New Zealand with him. Julia followed them – with her partner at the time, Bobby Dykins – and after a heated argument, his father forced the five-year-old to choose between them.
In one account of this incident, Lennon twice chose his father, but as his mother walked away, he began to cry and followed her. According to author Mark Lewisohn, Lennon's parents agreed that Julia should take him and give him a home. A witness, there that day, Billy Hall, has said that the dramatic portrayal of a young John Lennon being forced to make a decision between his parents is inaccurate. Lennon had no further contact with Alf for close to 20 years. Throughout the rest of his childhood and adolescence, Lennon lived at Mendips, 251 Menlove Avenue, with Mimi and her husband George Toogood Smith, who had no children of their own, his aunt purchased volumes of short stories for him, his uncle, a dairyman at his family's farm, bought him a mouth organ and engaged him in solving crossword puzzles. Julia visited Mendips on a regular basis, when John was 11 years old, he visited her at 1 Blomfield Road, where she played him Elvis Presley records, taught him the banjo, showed him how to play "Ain't That a Shame" by Fats Domino.
In September 1980, Lennon commented about his family and his rebellious nature: Part of me would like to be accepted by all facets of society and not be this loudmouthed lunatic poet/musician. But I cannot be what I am not... I was the one who all the other boys' parents – including Paul's father – would say, "Keep away from him"... The parents instinctively recognised I was a troublemaker, meaning I did not conform and I would influence their children, which I did. I did my best to disrupt every friend's home... Out of envy that I didn't have this so-called home... but I did... There were five women. Five strong, beautiful women, five sisters. One happened to be my mother. Just couldn't deal with life, she was the youngest and she had a husband who ran away to sea and the war was on and she couldn't cope with me, I ended up living with her elder sister. Now those women were fantastic... And, my first feminist education... I would infiltrate the other boys' minds. I could say, "Parents are not gods because I don't live with mine and, therefore, I know."
He visited his cousin, Stanley Parkes, who lived in Fleetwood and took him on trips to local cinemas. During the school holidays, Parkes visited Lennon with Leila Harvey, another cousin, the threesome travelled to Blackpool two or three times a week to watch shows, they would
William Everett Preston was an American musician whose work encompassed R&B, soul and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Rev. James Cleveland and the Beatles, he went on to achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit singles such as "That's the Way God Planned It", "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again". Additionally, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful". Preston, Tony Sheridan, George Martin, Pete Best, were the only musicians credited on a Beatles recording other than the group's four members. Preston continued to record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the Beatles' breakup, Eric Clapton, he played keyboards for the Rolling Stones on many of the group's albums and tours during the 1970s. Preston was moved to Los Angeles as a child. Noted as a child prodigy, Preston was self-taught and never had a music lesson.
By the age of ten, he was playing organ onstage backing several gospel singers such as Mahalia Jackson. Aged 11, Preston appeared on an episode of Nat King Cole's NBC network TV show singing the Fats Domino hit "Blueberry Hill" with Cole, he appeared in St. Louis Blues, the 1958 W. C. Handy biopic starring Nat King Cole. In 1962, Preston joined Little Richard's band as an organist, it was while performing in Hamburg that he met the Beatles. In 1963, he played the organ on Sam Cooke's Night Beat album and released his own debut album, 16 Yr Old Soul, for Cooke's SAR label. In 1965, he released the album The Most Exciting Organ Ever and performed on the rock and roll show Shindig! In 1967, he joined Ray Charles' band. Following this exposure, several musicians began asking Preston to contribute to their sessions. Preston first met the Beatles as a 16-year-old in 1962, while part of Little Richard's touring band, when their manager Brian Epstein organized a Liverpool show, at which the Beatles opened.
The Washington Post explained their subsequent meeting: They'd hook up again in 1969, when the Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they released, Let It Be. George Harrison, a friend of Preston, had quit, walked out of the studio and gone to a Ray Charles concert in London, where Preston was playing organ. Harrison brought Preston back to the studio, where his keen musicianship and gregarious personality temporarily calmed the tension. Preston is one of several people referred to as the "Fifth Beatle". At one point during the Get Back sessions, John Lennon proposed the idea of having him join the band. Preston played organ and electric piano for the Beatles during several of the Get Back sessions. Preston accompanied the band on electric piano for its rooftop concert, the group's final public appearance. In April 1969, their single "Get Back" was credited to "The Beatles with Billy Preston", the only time such a joint credit had been given on an official Beatles-sanctioned release.
The credit was bestowed by the Beatles to reflect the extent of Preston's presence on the track. Preston worked, in a more limited role, on the Abbey Road album, contributing organ to the tracks "I Want You" and "Something". In 1978, he appeared as Sgt. Pepper in Robert Stigwood's film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, sang and danced to "Get Back" as the penultimate song. Signed to the Beatles' Apple label, in 1969, Preston released the album That's the Way God Planned It, produced by Harrison, the title song from, a hit single in Britain, his relationship with Harrison continued after the Beatles' break-up in 1970. He appeared on several of Harrison's 1970s solo albums, starting with All Things Must Pass. Preston worked on solo releases by Lennon and Ringo Starr. In 1971, Preston signed with Herb Alpert's A&M Records; the previous year, he contributed to another hit single when Stephen Stills asked to use Preston's phrase "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with", a song on Stills' self-titled debut solo album.
Following the release of I Wrote a Simple Song on A&M, Preston's solo career peaked at this time, beginning with 1972's "Outa-Space", an instrumental track that further popularized the sound of the clavinet in funk music. The song reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's R&B chart, before going on to win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. "Outa-Space" sold over 1 million copies in America, was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA in June 1972. That year, Preston contributed the title song to the hit blaxploitation film Slaughter starring Jim Brown. Over the next two years, Preston follow
Ruby Tuesday (song)
"Ruby Tuesday" is a song recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1966, released in January 1967. The song, coupled with "Let's Spend the Night Together", was a number-one hit in the United States and reached number three in the United Kingdom; the song was included in the American version of Between the Buttons. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones played recorder whilst the double bass was played jointly by bassist Bill Wyman and Keith Richards. According to Keith Richards in a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew; the song's lyrics concern an free-spirited woman, with Jagger singing: "That's a wonderful song," Mick Jagger told Jann Wenner in 1995. "It's just a nice melody, really. And a lovely lyric. Neither of which I wrote, but I always enjoy singing it." Bill Wyman states in Rolling with the Stones that the lyrics were written by Keith Richards with help from Brian Jones on the musical composition.
However, Marianne Faithfull recalls it differently. According to Victor Bockris, Richards came up with the basic track and the words and finished the song with Jones in the studio. From Richards's autobiography, the song was written about his girlfriend Linda Keith. Linda had taken up with Jimi Hendrix, had got involved with drugs, she left Richards, he tried to get her back. He went to her parents and told them she was going down a dark path. Linda's father went to New York City to collect her, by order of court she was grounded. Richards reports that Linda regarded this as a betrayal, they did not speak again for many years. According to Richards's autobiography, Linda Keith survived, brought up a family, now lives in New Orleans. "Ruby Tuesday" was released as the B-side to "Let's Spend the Night Together" on 13 January 1967. Due to the controversial nature of the A-side's lyrics, "Ruby Tuesday" earned more airplay and ended up charting higher in both the UK and the US; the song topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart, while reaching number 3 in the UK's Record Retailer chart, which listed "Let's Spend The Night Together"/"Ruby Tuesday" as a double A-side.
"Ruby Tuesday" was included on the US version of the 1967 album Between the Buttons, while being left out of the British edition, as was common practice with singles in the UK at that time. That summer, the song appeared on the US compilation album Flowers. Due to its success, the song became a staple of the band's compilations, being included on Through the Past, Hot Rocks 1964–1971, Rolled Gold, 30 Greatest Hits, and, in mono, on Singles Collection: The London Years; the 2002 ABKCO reissues of the song—including on reissued albums and a new compilation, Forty Licks—have a remastering error. This was subsequently remedied, the versions on 2007's Rolled Gold+, 2012's GRRR!, the 2013 iTunes remasters contain the overdub. A concert rendition of the song from the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour was released on the band's 1991 concert album Flashpoint. A July 2013 live performance is featured on Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live. Mick Jagger – lead vocals, backing vocals, tambourine Keith Richards – double bass, 12 string acoustic guitar, backing vocals Brian Jones – recorder, piano Bill Wyman – double bass, bass guitar Charlie Watts - drums Jack Nitzsche - piano 1969: Oliver released a version of the song on his album Good Morning Starshine.
1970: Melanie released a version of the song on her album Candles in the Rain. It reached #7 in New Zealand, the only version of the song to chart there, she recorded a second cover version on her 1978 album Ballroom Streets. 1984: Nazareth released a version of the song on their album The Catch. 1989: Julian Lennon released a version of the song on the compilation album entitled The Wonder Years: Music from the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era, a soundtrack for The Wonder Years TV series. 1993: Rod Stewart recorded a version of the song, included on his 1993 compilation album Lead Vocalist. 1994: Marianne Faithfull released a version of the song on the album Symphonic Music of The Rolling Stones by the London Symphony Orchestra. 1996: Dick Gaughan recorded a version on his solo album Sail On. 1999: Franco Battiato recorded a version on his album Fleurs 2011: The Scorpions released a version of the song on their 2011 album Comeblack
Tell Me (The Rolling Stones song)
"Tell Me" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1964 self-titled album. It was released as single A-side in the US & Canada only, becoming the first Jagger/Richards song that the band released as a single A-side, their first record to enter the US Top 40; the single reached # 1 in Sweden. It was not released as a single in the UK. Written by singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, "Tell Me" is a pop ballad. Richie Unterberger, on Allmusic, said in his review of the song, "It should be pointed out... that the Rolling Stones in 1964, were more versatile and open toward non-blues-rooted music than is acknowledged by critics." The Rolling Stones' two previous singles bear out this observation: one had been the Lennon–McCartney-penned "I Wanna Be Your Man". Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine: " is different from doing those R&B covers or Marvin Gaye covers and all that. There's a definite feel about it. It's a pop song, as opposed to all the blues songs and the Motown covers, which everyone did at the time."The song's lyrics are a glimpse of a failed relationship and the singer's attempt to win back the girl's love: Regarding the lyrics, Unterberger says, "When began to write songs, they were not derived from the blues, but were surprisingly fey, Mersey-type pop numbers...'Tell Me' was quite acoustic-based, with a sad dispirited air.
After quiet lines about the end of the love affair, the tempo and melody both brighten…" "Tell Me" was recorded in London in February 1964. Jagger said: "Keith was playing 12-string and singing harmonies into the same microphone as the 12-string. We recorded it in this tiny studio in the West End of London called Regent Sound, a demo studio. I think the whole of that album was recorded in there."Richards said in a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, "'Tell Me'... was a dub. Half those records were dubs on that first album, that Mick and I and Charlie and I'd put a bass on or maybe Bill was there and he'd put a bass on.'Let's put it down while we remember it,' and the next thing we know is,'Oh look, track 8 is that dub we did a couple months ago.' That's how little control we had."Early pressings of the UK release of the debut album mistakenly included the piano-less version of "Tell Me". The full-length recording of this piano version, which appeared on the standard UK LP after the mistake was corrected, has an abrupt ending before the performance of the song finishes.
Most other LP and CD versions of the UK debut album — as well as the Stones' debut US album subtitled but officially called England's Newest Hit Makers — contain an edited version of this recording, which fades out at around 3:48. In June 1964 "Tell Me" was released as a single in the USA only; the single edit is 2:47. It peaked at # 24 for two weeks, lasting in the Billboard Hot 100 for a total of 10 weeks; the B-side was a cover of the Willie Dixon song "I Just Wanna Make Love to You". The Rolling Stones performed the song in concert in 1964 and 1965; the Stones lip-synched to a performance of this song on The Mike Douglas Show in 1964. The "Tell Me" single was re-released on various Rolling Stones compilation albums, including Big Hits, More Hot Rocks, 30 Greatest Hits, Singles Collection: The London Years. Over the years, the 3:48 edit has replaced the 2:47 single edit on such compilations; the song was used in Martin Scorsese´s film Mean Streets. The "Rules for the Actors" section of Peter Handke's 1966 theater piece Offending the Audience contains the line "Listen to “Tell Me” by the Rolling Stones."
Mick Jagger – lead vocals, tambourine Keith Richards – 12 string acoustic lead guitar, backing vocals Brian Jones – electric rhythm guitar, backing vocals Bill Wyman – bass, backing vocals Charlie Watts – drumsAdditional musicians Ian Stewart – piano 1965 – The Termites, as a UK single 1966 – The Grass Roots, on their first album Where Were You When I Needed You 1978 – The Dead Boys, on their second album We Have Come for Your Children 1990 – Cassell Webb, on the album Conversations at Dawn released as a single