Happy (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Happy"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Exile on Main St.
B-side "All Down the Line"
Released 15 July 1972
Format 7"
Recorded July–November 1971
Villa Nellcôte, France
Genre Rock
Length 3:05
Label Rolling Stones
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Tumbling Dice"
(1972)
"Happy"
(1972)
"Angie"
(1973)
Exile on Main St. track listing
Alternative covers
Japanese Pressing of "Happy"

"Happy" is the tenth track on The Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. Keith Richards sings lead vocals. Released as the second single from the album in July 1972, it reached #22 in the US.[1]

Overview[edit]

Credited to Jagger/Richards, "Happy" was written primarily by Richards in the summer of 1971, at the villa Nellcôte in southern France, over the course of a single afternoon. According to Richards, "We did that in an afternoon, in only four hours, cut and done. At noon it had never existed. At four o'clock it was on tape."[2] The basic tracks were recorded in the Nellcôte basement, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, with Richards on bass, guitar and vocals, producer Jimmy Miller on drums, and saxophonist Bobby Keys on maracas.[3] Piano by Nicky Hopkins was added later, as were Jim Price's trumpet, Keys' saxophone, Mick Taylor's guitar and the final vocal tracks, including Mick Jagger's backing vocals.[4]

Since 1972, Richards has often sung "Happy" in concert and it has become one of his "signature tunes."[3] Performances of the song through 1978 also featured Jagger's vocals during the chorus.

Concert renditions of the song appear on the albums Love You Live and Live Licks; the studio track has been released on the compilation albums Made in the Shade, Forty Licks and GRRR!.[5] The song also features on concert films and DVD box sets: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1974), Stones at the Max (1992), Four Flicks (2004) and The Biggest Bang (2007).

Cover versions[edit]

Personnel[9][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott, Martin (2002). The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002. Cherry Red Books. p. 189. ISBN 1-901447-04-9. 
  2. ^ Richards, Keith (2011). "Chapter 7". Life. Little, Brown and Company. 
  3. ^ a b Appleford, Steve (2000). The Rolling Stones: Rip This Joint: The Story Behind Every Song. Thunder's Mouth Press. p. 119. ISBN 1-56025-281-2. 
  4. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Track Talk: Happy". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  5. ^ Zentgraf, Nico. "The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones 1962-2008". Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  6. ^ Black Crowes covering the Rolling Stones Happy, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA, USA, 10.08.2005
  7. ^ Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes "Happy" Woodinville, WA. 8/23/09
  8. ^ Lucinda Williams Wedding encore Rolling Stones' "Happy" First Avenue 9-18-09
  9. ^ Official credits found in the booklet from the 2010 remaster of Exile on Main St.

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