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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Ruby Tuesday" (1967)


"Ruby Tuesday" (1967)
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"Ruby Tuesday" came to Richards after he was painfully jilted by girlfriend Linda Keith, who soon took up with Jimi Hendrix. Yet the song is more of a nod to the hippie-era female free spirit than an angry blues rant or tortured kiss-off. Just as surprisingly, the ballad is not defined by Richards' guitar but by Jones' plaintive recorder, along with the piano of Jack Nitzsche and an upright bass fingered by Wyman, bowed by Richards. "It's just a really nice melody, and a really nice lyric," Jagger said years later. "Neither of which I wrote. But I always enjoy singing it."


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