December's Children (And Everybody's)

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December's Children
(And Everybody's)
Studio album by
Released4 December 1965 (1965-12-04) (US)
ProducerAndrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones US album chronology
Out of Our Heads
December's Children
(And Everybody's)

Singles from December's Children
(And Everybody's)
  1. "Get Off of My Cloud" / "I'm Free"
    Released: 25 September 1965
  2. "As Tears Go By" / "Gotta Get Away"
    Released: 18 December 1965

December's Children (And Everybody's) is the fifth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1965. Although it largely draws on songs issued earlier in the year in the United Kingdom, the album includes three previously unreleased tunes. It is the last of the group's early albums to feature songs written by others than Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who wrote half of the songs. Most of the album tracks were recorded in September 1965 in Los Angeles during the sessions to finish the UK edition of Out of Our Heads and to record their new single, "Get Off of My Cloud".

December's Children (And Everybody's) reached number four in the US, where it was certified "gold".[1] Bassist Bill Wyman quotes Jagger in 1968 calling the record "[not] an album, it's just a collection of songs." Accordingly, it is only briefly detailed in Wyman's otherwise exhaustive book Rolling with the Stones.

In August 2002, the album was reissued in a new remastered CD and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records. "Look What You've Done" remains the album's only cut issued in true stereo.

The title of the album came from the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham (who facetiously credits it to "Lou Folk-Rock Adler" in his liner notes on the back cover). According to Jagger, it was Oldham's idea of hip, Beat poetry.[2] The front cover photo of the band, by Gered Mankowitz, had previously been used for the UK edition of Out of Our Heads.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
1."She Said Yeah"Sonny Bono, Roddy JacksonOut of Our Heads (UK)1:30
2."Talkin' About You"Chuck BerryOut of Our Heads (UK)2:30
3."You Better Move On"Arthur AlexanderThe Rolling Stones EP (UK)2:37
4."Look What You've Done"McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy WatersDecember's Children2:33
5."The Singer Not the Song"Jagger/RichardsB-side of "Get Off of My Cloud" (UK)2:22
6."Route 66"Bobby TroupGot Live If You Want It! (UK live EP)2:29
Total length:14:01
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original releaseLength
7."Get Off of My Cloud"Jagger/Richardssingle (US)2:52
8."I'm Free"Jagger/RichardsOut of Our Heads (UK)2:17
9."As Tears Go By"Jagger/Richards, Andrew Loog OldhamDecember's Children2:45
10."Gotta Get Away"Jagger/RichardsOut of Our Heads (UK)2:03
11."Blue Turns to Grey"Jagger/RichardsDecember's Children2:27
12."I'm Moving On"Hank SnowGot Live If You Want It! (UK live EP)2:12
Total length:14:36

Recording sessions[edit]

Most of the songs were recorded 5–6 September 1965 at the RCA Records studio in Hollywood, California, except:


The Rolling Stones

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 11), tambourine (10)
  • Keith Richards – electric guitar (all but 9), backing vocals (1, 2, 5-8, 10-12), acoustic guitar (5, 9)
  • Brian Jones – electric guitar (1, 2, 5-8, 11), harmonica (4, 12), acoustic guitar (3), organ (8), electric piano (7), backing vocals (3)
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar (all but 9), backing vocals (3)
  • Charlie Watts – drums (all but 9)

Additional personnel


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard 200[5] 4


Year Single Chart Position
1965 "Get Off of My Cloud" Billboard Hot 100[5] 1
1966 "As Tears Go By" Billboard Hot 100[5] 6


Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States RIAA Gold


  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA".
  2. ^ Wenner, Jann S. "Archives | The Rolling Stone Interview: Jagger Remembers". Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "The Rolling Stones: Album Guide - Rolling Stone Music". 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 12 April 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b c