Five For Friday: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

I can’t believe that I missed these two. I wrote about them in 2015, the first time I wrote about songwriting teams. At that time, I said…

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards tell different versions of the story of how they started writing songs. Richards claims that their manager, Andrew Oldham, locked them in a room and told them he wouldn’t let them out until they had written a song. Jagger says Oldham merely suggested he was going to lock them in, but that was inspiration enough. Regardless of how it started, Mick and Keith have written the bulk of the songs the Rolling Stones have recorded in fifty-plus years. Like John Lennon and Paul McCartney (who might have been Jagger’s and Richards’s inspiration to become songwriters), many of their songs were written by one or the other (for example, Mick wrote “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Brown Sugar” while Keith wrote “Happy” and “Ruby Tuesday”) but credited to both, but most of their songs were written together.

As with then, I’d like to focus on songs written by Mick and Keith that were performed by other artists. Here are five such songs.

Marianne Faithfull, “As Tears Go By” (written with Andrew Loog Oldham

Johnny Winter, “Silver Train”

The Mighty Avengers, “So Much In Love”

Jimmy Tarbuck, “We’re Wastin’ Time”

Tracey Dey, “When Blue Turns To Grey”

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, your Five For Friday, March 10, 2023.

18 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

  1. I have not heard of any of these songs but they were good to listen to and learned something new. I am so tired it takes me double the time to write


  2. I never heard most of these but I believe I like Johnny Winter’s Silver Train better than the Stones version.


              1. Oh yes….you know why I remember that? That video with that blonde hair girl dancing…that has never left my head.


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