It's All Over Now

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"It's All Over Now" is a song written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack.[1] It was first released by The Valentinos featuring Bobby Womack. The Valentinos version entered the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1964, where it stayed on the chart for two weeks, peaking at number 94. The Rolling Stones had their first number-one hit with this song in July 1964.

The Valentinos version[edit]

The Rolling Stones version[edit]

"It's All Over Now"
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Single by The Rolling Stones
B-side"Good Times, Bad Times"
Released26 June 1964
Recorded10 June 1964
StudioChess, Chicago
LabelDecca F11934
Songwriter(s)Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack[1]
Producer(s)Andrew Loog Oldham[1]
Rolling Stones UK singles chronology
"Not Fade Away"
"It's All Over Now"
"Little Red Rooster"
Rolling Stones US singles chronology
"Tell Me"
"It's All Over Now"
"Time Is on My Side"

The Valentinos' original version of the song was played to the Rolling Stones during their first North American tour in June 1964 by New York radio DJ Murray the K. Murray the K had an extended series of interviews with the Stones on his WINS Swinging Soiree hit radio show following his similar success as the first radio DJ in the USA to have the Beatles with him on the air (February 1964). He played the Valentinos' song to the Stones, who "raved on it" and said "it was their kind of song".[citation needed] He also played the Stones' "King Bee" (their Slim Harpo cover) the same night and remarked on their ability to achieve an authentic blues sound. After hearing "It's All Over Now" by the Womack Brothers (aka the Valentinos) on the WINS show, the band recorded their version nine days later at Chess Studios in Chicago. Years later, Bobby Womack said in an interview that he had told Sam Cooke he did not want the Rolling Stones to record their version of the song, and that he had told Mick Jagger to get his own song. Cooke convinced him to let the Rolling Stones record the song. Six months later on, after receiving the royalty check for the song, Womack told Cooke that Mick Jagger could have any song he wanted.

The Rolling Stones' version of "It's All Over Now" is the most famous version of the song. It was first released as a single in the UK, where it peaked at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, giving the Rolling Stones their first number one hit.[2] It was the band's third single released in America, and stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks, peaking at number 26. Months later it appeared on their second American album 12 X 5. The song was a big hit in Europe and was part of the band's live set in the 1960s.

In his 2010 autobiography, Life, Keith Richards says that John Lennon criticized his guitar solo on this song and Richards agreed that it was not one of his best, though Bruce Springsteen and many other guitar fans rank it as one of the most inspired guitar breaks ever recorded and one that is still hard to mimic.[citation needed]

In 1964 Bill Wyman said, "We just liked the sound of it. We didn't think it sounded country and western until we read it somewhere. It's the 12-string guitar and harmonising that do it. Every one of our records has been different. We don't want to do the same old thing every time or people will get fed up with it."[3]



Chart (1964) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 8
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 1
New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)[9] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 26

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 80–2. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 165. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "It's All Over Now".
  4. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – It's All Over Now" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4706." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – It's All Over Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – It's All Over Now". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  8. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – It's All Over Now" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  9. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 24 September 1964
  10. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – It's All Over Now". VG-lista. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  12. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 25.
  14. ^ a b setlist
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