100 Greatest Rolling Stones Songs

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44. "Torn and Frayed" (1972)

In the summer of 1968, Richards started hanging out with the Byrds' Gram Parsons. "He taught me all the Everly Brothers stuff and the cross harmonies and shit like that," Richards said. Those Southern harmonies come to life on "Torn and Frayed," an endearingly sloppy juke-joint singalong about a ragged, well-meaning rambler touring ballrooms and smelly bordellos. The debauched character sounds a lot like Richards, who reportedly was in detox and couldn't complete the guitar overdub on the song – Parsons' friend Al Perkins was called in to handle the job.

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