Ruby Tuesday (song)

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"Ruby Tuesday"
Rollingrubytuesday.jpg
Single by the Rolling Stones
A-side"Let's Spend the Night Together" (double A-side)
Released13 January 1967
Format7-inch single
RecordedDecember 1966[1]
StudioRCA, Hollywood, California[1]
GenreBaroque pop[2]
Length3:12
Label
Songwriter(s)Jagger/Richards
Producer(s)Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
(1966)
"Ruby Tuesday" / "Let's Spend the Night Together"
(1967)
"We Love You"
(1967)

"Ruby Tuesday" is a song recorded by the Rolling Stones in 1966, released in January 1967. The song, coupled with "Let's Spend the Night Together", was a number-one hit in the United States and reached number three in the United Kingdom. The song was included in the American version of Between the Buttons (in the UK, singles were often excluded from studio albums).

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song number 310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3]

Composition and recording[edit]

"Ruby Tuesday" was recorded at Olympic Studios in London, England in November 1966 .[4] The session was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Brian Jones played the recorder and piano,[5] whilst the double bass was played jointly by bassist Bill Wyman and guitarist Keith Richards.

Richards explained that the lyrics are about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-1960s:

Who could hang a name on you
When you change with every new day?
Still, I'm gonna miss you.[6]

"That's a wonderful song," Mick Jagger told Jann Wenner in 1995. "It's just a nice melody, really. And a lovely lyric. Neither of which I wrote, but I always enjoy singing it."[7] Wyman states in Rolling with the Stones that the lyrics were completely written by Richards with help from Jones on the musical composition.[page needed] However, Marianne Faithfull recalls it differently; according to her, Jones presented an early version of this melody to the rest of the Rolling Stones.[8][full citation needed] According to Victor Bockris, Richards came up with the basic track and the words and finished the song with Jones in the studio.[9][full citation needed]

Release[edit]

"Ruby Tuesday" was released as the B-side to "Let's Spend the Night Together" on January 1967.[1] Due to the controversial nature of the A-side's lyrics, "Ruby Tuesday" earned more airplay and ended up charting higher in both the UK and the US.[10] The song topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart, while reaching number three in the UK's Record Retailer chart, which listed "Let's Spend The Night Together"/"Ruby Tuesday" as a double A-side.

"Ruby Tuesday" was included on the US version of the 1967 album Between the Buttons, while being left out of the British edition, as was common practice with singles in the UK at that time. That summer, the song appeared on the US compilation album Flowers.[6] Due to its success, the song became a staple of the band's compilations, being included on Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (1969), Hot Rocks 1964–1971 (1971), Rolled Gold (1975), and 30 Greatest Hits (1977), and, in mono, on Singles Collection: The London Years (1989).

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Live version[edit]

"Ruby Tuesday (live)"
Single by the Rolling Stones
from the album Flashpoint
B-side"Play with Fire (live)"
Released24 May 1991 (1991-05-24)
Format
Recorded27 February 1990
VenueKorakuen Dome, Tokyo
GenreRock
Length3:34
LabelRolling Stones
Songwriter(s)Jagger/Richards
Producer(s)
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Highwire"
(1991)
"Ruby Tuesday (live)"
(1991)
"Love Is Strong"
(1994)

"Ruby Tuesday" was first played live on Brian Jones' last concert tour The Rolling Stones European Tour 1967. The next time was on the Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour in 1989/1990. A concert rendition from this tour was featured on the band's 1991 live album Flashpoint and released as a single.[20]. This live version was recorded in Japan in 1990 and can be seen on the video release Live at the Tokyo Dome. The B-side was "Play with Fire (live)" recorded in 1989 but not included on the Flashpoint album.

A July 2013 live performance is featured on Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live.

Melanie version[edit]

"Ruby Tuesday"
Ruby Tuesday - Melanie.jpg
Single by Melanie
B-side"Merry Christmas"
ReleasedDecember 1970 (1970-12)
Format7-inch single
Length4:31
LabelBuddah
Songwriter(s)Jagger/Richards

American folk and pop singer Melanie recorded "Ruby Tuesday" for her 1970 album Candles in the Rain. Her version was released as a single in the UK, where it became a Top Ten hit that year. It also reached number seven in New Zealand.[21] She recorded a second cover version for her 1978 album Ballroom Streets.

Chart (1970–71) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[22] 25
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 12
New Zealand 7
South Africa (Springbok)[24] 10
UK (The Official Charts Company)[25] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 52
US Cash Box Top 100 [27] 34

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c London (1989). Singles Collection: The London Years (Boxed set booklet). The Rolling Stones. New York City: ABKCO Records. p. 71. 1218-2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "Steve Smith: Wyman and Taylor join the Rolling Stones onstage; Coldplay takes a break". Pasadena Star-News. 29 November 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  4. ^ Stone Alone - Bill Wyman
  5. ^ Stone Alone - Bill Wyman
  6. ^ a b "Show 46 – Sergeant Pepper at the Summit: The very best of a very good year. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  7. ^ Wenner, Jann S. (14 December 1995). "Jagger Remembers". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Brian Jones", Mojo Magazine, July 1999, p.75
  9. ^ Bockris, Keith Richards, 1993, p.93-94
  10. ^ "Let's Spend the Night Together" at AllMusic
  11. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (8 April 1967). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  12. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 10044." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ruby Tuesday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Charts 1965 – March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  15. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 2/25/67". Tropicalglen.com. 25 February 1967. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1967/Top 100 Songs of 1967". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 June 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  20. ^ Ruby Tuesday (live) Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  21. ^ "flavour of new zealand – search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  22. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 9 January 1971. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  23. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ruby Tuesday". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 23 December 2018.
  24. ^ "SA Charts 1965 – March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 26 September 1970. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  26. ^ "Melanie Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  27. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, 2 January 1971". Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  28. ^ Album Reviews. 80. Billboard Magazine. 24 February 1968. p. 62.
  29. ^ Viglione, Joe. "Good Morning Starshine – Oliver | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  30. ^ Mathew, Leslie. "The Wonder Years: Music From the Emmy Award-Winning Show & Its Era – Original Tv Soundtrack : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  31. ^ "Sail On – Dick Gaughan's Discography". Dickgaughan.co.uk. Retrieved 1 October 2016.