Now I've Got A Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Jean)

Album: The Rolling Stones (1964)
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Songfacts®:

  • Uncle Phil is Phil Spector, a legendary producer who was friends with The Stones. Uncle Gene is Gene Pitney, a singer who wrote the Stones' "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday." They were frequent visitors at The Stones' recording sessions.
  • This is an instrumental The Stones recorded at the same session where they covered "Can I Get A Witness." Some of the keyboards were taken from that song.
  • This was credited to Nanker Phelge, 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."
  • Ian Stewart played organ on this. Sometimes considered "The Sixth Stone," he also played on sessions for Led Zeppelin and formed his own outfit with Charlie Watts, Alexis Korner and Jack Bruce in the late '70s and early '80s called Rocket 88. After his death in 1985, The Stones played their only concert in a 7-year period at a London club in February 1986 as a tribute to Stewart. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 2

  • Roger from Montreal, Quebec, CanadaNanker Phelge meant the whole band contributed to the song, not only Jagger-Richards.
  • Greenpuppet from Canada, AbGene Pitney didn't write "That Girl Belongs To Yesterday" for the Stones, it was the other way around
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