Stones' New Single to be Called 'Wild Horses'

The number will be a Jagger-Richards composition with a little help from some friends

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Keith Richards and singer Mick Jagger record in a studio in June, 1969.
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Superstar flashes: In all probability the next Rolling Stones single will be a new Jagger-Richards number called "Wild Horses." An eight-track tape of it is now at A&M studios in Hollywood, so Gram Parsons and two of his Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman and Sneaky Pete, can add some spice to the cut, most likely in the form of steel guitar and backup vocals. "Wild Horses" was recorded during the Stones' US tour, apparently being carted around to several different studios. The instrumental track was done in Muscle Shoals, where the Stones recorded just prior to Altamont. "It's a slow, weepy song, as Mick described it," says Gram Parsons. "There is a weird guitar and strange tuning." A few lines:

You know who I am
Graceless lady
You know I can't let you
Slide through my hand.
Wild wild horses
Couldn't drag me away
Wild wild horses
We'll ride them someday.

This is a story from the March 19, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 54: March 19, 1970