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100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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"Shine a Light" (1972)


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Fans speculated Exile on Main Street's gospel masterpiece – a heartbreaking portrait of a wasted loved one in twilight – was about Jones. But Jagger had completed a version as early as 1968, a year before Jones' death. The band resurrected the song in July 1970 during the Sticky Fingers sessions. It's basically a Jagger solo track, with Taylor on guitar and bass, Jimmy Miller on drums and Billy Preston on haunting organ and keyboard – Jagger added the elegiac gospel choir after Preston took him to hear music at the Los Angeles church of the Rev. James Cleveland.


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