Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?
|"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"|
|Single by The Rolling Stones|
|from the album 'Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)'|
|A-side||Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?|
|B-side||"Who's Driving Your Plane?"|
|Released||24 September 1966 (US)
23 September 1966 (UK)
|Recorded||31 August - 2 September 1966 at IBC Studios, London|
|Label||Decca F 12497 (UK)
London 45-903 (US)
|Writer(s)||Mick Jagger/Keith Richards|
|Producer||Andrew Loog Oldham|
|The Rolling Stones singles chronology|
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" is a song by English rock and roll band The Rolling Stones. It first appeared as a single in September 1966 and was included as the opening track on the British version of their 1966 compilation album Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass).
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in the late summer of 1966 during early sessions for what would become their Between the Buttons LP. It is famous for its horns arrangement (arranged by Mike Leander; this is the first Rolling Stones song to feature brass) and is one of the earliest songs to use feedback from the guitars. The Stones have said that they were unhappy with the final cut, bemoaning the loss of the original cut's strong rhythm section. This was the first song Keith Richards is said to have written on piano even though he does not play piano on the final cut. Stones road manager and occasional pianist, Ian 'Stu' Stewart is credited in the session logs to piano, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones is also credited in the logs for playing the piano. Though it is widely debated who played on the final cut, most sources credit Jones for playing piano along with the iconic distorted guitar. It could be assumed Jones and Stewart played a piano four hands due to them both being credited for it. But when the band mimed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in October 1966, Richards is seen miming the piano and Jones miming the guitar.
It was released as a single in September 1966 simultaneously in the UK and the US (a first for the band), and reached #5 and #9 on those countries' charts, respectively.
The single is famous for its cover featuring the band dressed in drag. Peter Whitehead's promotional film for the single was one of the first music videos. A fan favourite, the song appears on many hits compilations and was recorded for the live album Got Live If You Want It!.
It has not been played live by the Stones since the 1966 tour (it was only ever played live by the Stones over a span of twelve days); however, Jagger performed it in New York in 1993 during his only solo show promoting the album Wandering Spirit.
The B-side is "Who's Driving Your Plane?", a bluesy track, which, for unknown reasons, was mis-titled "Who's Driving My Plane?" in the US.
- Mick Jagger - vocals, handclaps, tambourine
- Keith Richards - guitar, backing vocals
- Brian Jones - distorted guitar, acoustic guitar
- Bill Wyman - bass guitar, backing vocals
- Charlie Watts - drums
- Ian Stewart - piano
- Session musicians - trumpets