500 Greatest Songs of All Time
The Rolling Stones, 'Ruby Tuesday'
Writers: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Producer: Andrew Loog Oldham
Released: Jan. '67, London
12 weeks; No. 1
At a session for Between the Buttons in November 1966, Richards drew this lyrical sketch of Linda Keith, his first serious girlfriend, and turned it into an uncharacteristically wistful ballad. Brian Jones played the recorder on the track, giving the song a madrigal feel. The countermelody was played by Bill Wyman, who fingered the strings on a cello while Richards bowed them.
Appears on: Between the Buttons (ABKCO)