Right then, Day Three of My Week with the Rolling Stones. Today I have chosen Ruby Tuesday.
Ruby Tuesday was released back in 1967, and is a slower, more emotional track than my picks on day one and two. It hit the number 3 spot here in the UK, but was another chart smash at number one in the states. Pretty impressive!
This song was written by Keith Richards, but there has been much speculation if it was based on anyone in particular. What is clear, is that this is a song about a woman. No surprise there really!
It was taken from the album Between the Buttons, also released in 1967, which was their fifth British studio album and their 7th American one. For some reason they have different versions for the US.
Its a lovely sounding song, with a beautiful melody. I'm not sure Jagger has the most beautiful vocals, but its a powerful song nevertheless. The lyrics are lovely and intriguing. "goodbye Ruby Tuesday, who can hang a name on you? when you change with every new day, still I'm gonna miss you". Mick sounds sad when he sings those lines.
This is the video of the Stones doing Ruby Tuesday live. They really are a great live band, and it must be amazing to hear them in person. Sounds pretty damn brilliant here.
In summary, this is a rock ballad before such a thing was the norm. This track would still sound great if it was released today. Go and take a listen, and let me know what you think, and for more of The Stones and many more, check out My Music page here. Happy Listening :)