The Last Time (song)
|"The Last Time"|
|Single by The Rolling Stones|
|from the album Out of Our Heads|
|B-side||"Play with Fire"|
|Released||26 February 1965 (UK)
13 March 1965 (US)
|Recorded||11–12 January 1965
RCA Studios, Hollywood
|Label||Decca F12104 (UK)
London 45-LON 9741 (USA)
|Producer(s)||Andrew Loog Oldham|
|The Rolling Stones singles chronology|
"The Last Time" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. This was The Rolling Stones' first British single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, although Keith Richards admitted in the 2003 book According to the Rolling Stones that '... we came up with The Last Time, which was basically re-adapting a traditional Gospel song that had been sung by the Staple Singers, but luckily the song itself goes back into the mists of time.'.  It was the band's third UK single to reach #1, spending four straight weeks at the top on most of the numerous UK music charts (there was no one UK chart at the time considered to be an absolute and definitive authority) in March and early April 1965.It reached No.2 in the Irish charts in March 1965. "The Last Time" was recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California in January 1965. The Last Time was mixed in true stereo, but only bootleggers have a poor quality version, and the stereo version is noticeably shorter than the mono counterpart.
Footage still exists of a number of performances of this song by the Rolling Stones in 1965: from the popular BBC-TV music show Top of the Pops, the 1965 New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert and American TV shows including The Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig! and The Hollywood Palace. A full live performance is also prominently featured in the 2012 re-edit of the 1965 documentary "Charlie Is My Darling". The footage establishes that the distinctive guitar riff was played by Brian Jones while the chords and guitar solo were played by Keith Richards.
A fan favourite and popular song in the Stones' canon, it was regularly performed in concert during the band's 1965, 1966 and 1967 tours. It was then left off their concert setlists until 1997-98, when it was dusted off for the Bridges to Babylon Tour.
Although the song is credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Richards has mentioned that it was based on a traditional gospel song called "This May Be The Last Time", recorded by The Staple Singers in 1955.
- Mick Jagger - Lead vocals and percussion
- Brian Jones - Guitar
- Keith Richards - Guitar (solo) and backing vocals
- Bill Wyman - backing vocals, Bass guitar
- Charlie Watts - Drums
In 1966, American girl group Candy & The Kisses recorded the song and released it as a single.
In 1978, Country singer Bobby Bare covered the song on his album "Sleeper Wherever I Fall"
In 1997, country music group The Tractors covered the song on the album Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones. Their version peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
In 1997, former Rolling Stones business manager Allen Klein, whose company ABKCO Records owns the rights to all Rolling Stones material from the 1960s, sued English rock band The Verve for using a sample of The Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of "The Last Time" in their hit song "Bitter Sweet Symphony". The Verve had obtained a licence to use the sample, but Klein successfully argued that the band used more than the licence covered. The Verve were required to relinquish their royalties to ABKCO and the songwriting credit was changed to Jagger/Richards. This led to Andrew Loog Oldham, who owns the copyright on the orchestral rendition that was sampled, also suing The Verve.
The German singer Nena recorded a version on her 2007 album Cover Me.
The same hook was sampled in several other subsequent recordings by other artists, most notably in "Number 1" by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz, which reached number one in the UK singles chart in the week of its official release on 20 April 2009.
Mick Jagger performed a version of the song with The Arcade Fire on an episode of Saturday Night Live that aired on May 19, 2012. The song began with a gospel intro, paying homage to the song's inspiration, The Staple Singers' "This May Be the Last Time".
- The Staple Singers, Maybe The Last Time
- "The Last Time" - at SongFacts.com
- Ja, Prele at Discogs
- Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 339. ISBN 978-0-89820-203-8.
- "The Verve Sued Again over "Bitter Sweet Symphony" VH1, 11 January 1999
- UK Singles Chart
"It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones
|UK number one single
18 March 1965 (3 weeks)
"Concrete and Clay" by Unit 4 + 2
The Who version
|"The Last Time"|
|Single by The Who|
|B-side||"Under My Thumb"|
|Released||30 June 1967|
|Recorded||28 June 1967
De Lane Lea Studios, London
|The Who singles chronology|
In 1967, after the imprisonment of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, on drugs charges, The Who recorded covers of "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb" as a single. The intention was to help Jagger and Richards make bail, but by the time the single was made available, they had been released. The songs were rush recorded and the record appeared in shops in only one week. As John Entwistle was away on his honeymoon he authorized The Who to do the record without him and bass parts were overdubbed by Pete Townshend. The UK-only release reached number 44 on the singles chart.