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Album: Beggars BanquetReleased: 1968
This was one of Keith Richards' first lead vocal performances for The Stones (his first was on "Something Happened To Me Yesterday" from Between The Buttons). He and Mick Jagger both sing on this with the Watts Street Gospel choir singing background.
The title refers to the working class - they're "The salt of the Earth." In 1970, Jagger said: "The song is total cynicism. I'm saying those people haven't any power and they never will have."
The Stones played this on Rock and Roll Circus, a British TV special The Stones taped in 1968 but never aired because they were upstaged by other acts on the show. A series of musical acts and circus performances, it was released on video in 1995.
The Stones performed this in Atlantic City in 1989 with Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses on vocals.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards performed this at the 2001 "Concert For New York," which honored the rescue workers, cops, and firefighters in New York City after the World Trade Center disaster.