Album: Tattoo You (1981)

Songfacts®:

  • Originally recorded at the Black And Blue sessions in 1974, this song went on for a while and was called "The Black And Blue Jam" before being reworked for Tattoo You.
  • Jazz great Sonny Rollins was brought in to play sax.
  • Pete Townshend from The Who sang backup. Some connections between Townshend and The Stones:

    Townshend claims he stole his legendary windmill arm swing from Keith Richards.

    The Who played at The Stones Rock And Roll Circus concert event in 1968. The film wasn't released until 1996.

    In 1976, Townshend contributed to Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane's Mahoney's Last Stand project.

    In 1982, following the end of the Stones' European tour, Mick Jagger accompanied The Who for parts of their farewell tour. The following year, on Mick's 40th birthday, Townshend wrote an unflattering letter in the London Times commenting on the significance of this event.

    Townshend played on Mick Jaggers first solo album in 1984.

    In February 1986, Townshend was one of those present when the Stones gave their London club performance in honor of Ian Stewart, joining the band onstage for some Blues numbers.

    In January 1989, he inducted The Stones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    In 2001, he played on the songs "Gun" and "Joy" for Jagger's Goddess In The Doorway album. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • The original version recorded in 1974 featured Billy Preston on organ, Jeff Beck on guitar, and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Their parts were erased when it was reworked.
  • The CD version of Tattoo You contains an extra 90 seconds.

Comments: 4

  • Chupon from Your BasementHad this song ever been used in film or TV?
  • Craig from Melbourne, AustraliaAnother WHO & STONES connection is missed. In fact, maybe the most famous of all. In 1967, The Who rush released a version of Under my Thumb. The intention was to keep the Stones work in the public eye while Mick & Keith were in jail.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI really like the sax part.
  • Keith from Front Royal, VaMan, the lead at the end of this is unfreakinbelievable! Keith Richards is a master at grasping the feeling of a song and then nailing it perfectly.
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