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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." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
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.
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Julian tells the stories behind his hits "Valotte" and "Too Late for Goodbyes," and fills us in on his many non-musical pursuits. Also: what MTV meant to his career.
Chris Squire of Yes
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
Neal Smith - "I'm Eighteen"
With the band in danger of being dropped from their label, Alice Cooper drummer Neal Smith co-wrote the song that started their trek from horror show curiosity to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.