2120 South Michigan Avenue

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"2120 South Michigan Avenue"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the EP Five By Five
  • 14 August 1964 (1964-08-14) (UK)
  • 17 October 1964 (US 12 X 5 album)
Recorded11 June 1964
StudioChess, Chicago
Songwriter(s)Nanker Phelge
Producer(s)Andrew Loog Oldham

"2120 South Michigan Avenue" is an original instrumental by the Rolling Stones recorded for their second EP Five by Five. It was also released on their second US album 12 X 5 in 1964. Composer credit goes to Nanker Phelge, a title giving credit equally to all members of the band. In the book Rolling with the Stones, Bill Wyman recalls that the composition process started with him playing a bass riff and that the others followed on jamming.

The title refers to the address of the offices and recording studios of Chess Records and Checker Records in Chicago where the five songs for the EP were recorded in June 1964.

AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger described the song as "a great groovin' original blues-rock jam".[1] The song was originally released at just over two minutes in length, fading early for lack of time available on a conventional EP in 1964. A full length (3:38 minute) version appears on the 1964 West German Decca LP Around And Around, and the 2002 CD re-release of 12 X 5. There is also a rarer second take which has a rougher, more blues-based sound than the better known Five by Five rock-groove version. This version, with its short but distinctive tremolo guitar riff, was under consideration as the title track of an eventually unreleased 1964 blues album.

In 1965 Sly Stone released a single, "Buttermilk", that copied the "2120 South Michigan Avenue" riff and overall sound.[citation needed] In 2011 George Thorogood and the Destroyers released an album called 2120 South Michigan Ave., which includes a cover of this song as well as covers of other Chess Records artists.



  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Rolling Stones: 5x5 – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. ^ "Brian Jones". Stones No Filter. Retrieved April 15, 2018.