Little By Little

Album: The Rolling Stones (1964)

Songfacts®:

  • This was an early Stones effort at the Blues. It was released as the B-side of "Not Fade Away."
  • Phil Spector produced this and played the maracas.
  • This is credited to Phil Spector and Nanker Phelge, which is a goofy name for a Jagger/Richards composition. "Nanker" was a wacky face they would make to amuse each other, "Phelge" was a roommate of Keith Richards whom he considered "The most disgusting person ever."
  • Gene Pitney played the piano. Says Pitney: "When I stopped in from Paris one time and Phil Spector was in London and Andrew Oldham called me from the hotel and told me he was having a terrible time because he was trying to do what was the follow up to I Wanna Be Your Man and all the boys hated each other that day and he had them in a little dinky studio in Denmark Street and he couldn't get them to do anything. I had 5 fifths of cognac that I was bringing home, so I took one fifth over to the studio and I told them it was a custom in my family that when anybody had a birthday, that everybody had a water glass of cognac until the bottle was empty. So, we ended up with a hell of a session and I played piano and Phil Spector played an empty cognac bottle with a half dollar, clicking it, and we played on the flip side which was Little By Little." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 1

  • Alastair from Stranraer, United KingdomThe chord sequence is based on Jimmy Reed's 'Shame Shame Shame' . But the new lyrics speak to the Stones target audience. A great beat number.
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