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Album: The Rolling Stones Now!Released: 1965Charted:
This was released in the US as a single in 1964 when many radio stations refused to play "Little Red Rooster," which contained lyrics that were too suggestive for many listeners. "Rooster" was #1 in England, but did not chart in the US.
The original version is in mono. A stereo version was released in 1966 on their Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) compilation.
The Stones recorded this at RCA studios in Los Angeles. It became just the second American hit (after "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)
") for the group that was written by their band members. Per their custom the song is credited to Mick Jagger/Keith Richards.
Jack Nitzsche played piano and tambourine on this track. Nitzsche was an important behind-the-scenes player, producer and arranger for The Rolling Stones and many other rock artists. He worked with Phil Spector as an arranger, helping create the famous Wall of Sound on '60s recordings by The Ronettes, The Crystals and The Righteous Brothers.