Miss You (Rolling Stones song)

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"Miss You"
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Some Girls
B-side"Far Away Eyes"
  • 10 May 1978 (US)
  • 19 May 1978 (UK)[1]
Recorded10 October – 21 December 1977[2]
StudioPathé-Marconi, Paris
  • 4:48 (album version)
  • 3:35 (7-inch)
  • 8:26 (12-inch)
LabelRolling Stones
Producer(s)The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Hot Stuff"
"Miss You"
"Beast of Burden"
Music video
"Miss You" on YouTube
Some Girls track listing

"Miss You" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on Rolling Stones Records in May 1978. It was released as the first single one month in advance of their album Some Girls. "Miss You" was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the UK Singles Chart. An extended version, called the "Special Disco Version", was released as the band's first dance remix on a 12-inch single.

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine rated "Miss You" number 498 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, dropping down 2 spots from number 496 in the 2004 version.[8]

Inspiration and recording[edit]

"Miss You" was written by Mick Jagger jamming with keyboardist Billy Preston during rehearsals for the March 1977 El Mocambo club gigs, recordings from which appeared on side three of double live album Love You Live (1977). Keith Richards is credited as co-writer as was the case for all Rolling Stones originals written by either partner or in tandem.

Jagger and Ronnie Wood insist that "Miss You" wasn't conceived as a disco song, while Richards said, "'Miss You' was a damn good disco record; it was calculated to be one." In any case, what was going on in discotheques did make it to the recording. Charlie Watts said, "A lot of those songs like 'Miss You' on 'Some Girls' ... were heavily influenced by going to the discos. You can hear it in a lot of those four-to-the-floor and the Philadelphia-style drumming."

For the bass part, Bill Wyman started from Preston's bass guitar on the song demo.[9] Chris Kimsey, who engineered the recording, said Wyman went "to quite a few clubs before he got that bass line sorted out", which Kimsey said "made that song".[10] Wyman recalled: "When I did the riff for 'Miss You' – which made the song, and every band in the world copied it for the next year: Rod Stewart, all of them – it still said Jagger/Richard. When I wrote the riff for 'Jumpin' Jack Flash', it became Jagger/Richard, and that's the way it was. It just became part and parcel of the way the band functioned."[11]

Unlike most of Some Girls, "Miss You" features several studio musicians. In addition to Sugar Blue who, according to Wood, was found by Jagger busking on the streets of Paris,[12] Ian McLagan plays understated Wurlitzer electric piano, and Mel Collins provides the tenor saxophone solo for the instrumental break.

The 12-inch single version of the song runs over eight minutes and features additional instrumentation and solos, particularly on guitar. It was remixed by Bob Clearmountain, then an up-and-coming mixer and engineer. This song, the first edit the Stones did for a 12-inch single, also contains tape repeats and an additional set of lyrics in the second verse, after the line "Hey, let's go mess and fool around you know, like we used to". The extended version can be found on The Singles 1971–2006, on the "Don't Stop" CD single and in edited form on the album Rarities 1971–2003 and on the 1990 CD single version of "Angie". The single version is available on Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones, Forty Licks and GRRR!.

Release and legacy[edit]

"Miss You" became the Rolling Stones' eighth and final number one single in the United States on its initial release in 1978. It hit the top on 5 August 1978, ending the seven-week reign of "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb. It also reached number three in the United Kingdom. The song was originally nearly nine minutes long, but was edited to nearly five minutes for the album version, and to three-and-a-half minutes for the radio single. In order to properly edit the radio single without audible bumps and glitches, a separate mix was constructed and then edited for continuity. Cash Box said that "strong, driving, funky backbeat" is good for dancing that "Keith [Richards] provides a wrangling guitar line."[13] Record World said that it was "a rather hushed soul-rocker that is one of their best records in some time" and praised Jagger's vocals.[14]

The B-side of the single was another album track, "Far Away Eyes", a tongue-in-cheek country tune sung by Jagger in a pronounced drawl.

A live recording was captured during the Rolling Stones' 1989-1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour and released on the 1991 live album Flashpoint. Other live versions have been recorded and/or filmed, including a November 1981 performance included on Let's Spend the Night Together (1983), July 1995 performances released on Totally Stripped (2016), a July 2013 performance on Hyde Park Live, and a March 2016 performance included as a bonus track on Havana Moon.

In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine rated "Miss You" number 498 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, dropping down 2 spots from number 496 in the 2004 version.[8]

2002 Dr. Dre remix[edit]

In 2002, music producer Dr. Dre released a re-mix of the track. It was featured in the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember.[15]

Charts and certifications[edit]


Personnel per Some Girls CD credits.[46]

The Rolling Stones
Additional personnel

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Werner, Craig Hansen (2006). A Change is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America. Plume. p. 210. ISBN 0-452-28065-6. By the time the Rolling Stones cashed in with their disco minstrel classic "Miss You" – which comes complete with the obligatory, if ironic, stereotyping of black and Puerto Rican women as objects of sexual taboo
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