Ruby Tuesday (song)

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"Ruby Tuesday"
7" single cover
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Between the Buttons (US Version) and Flowers
A-side "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Released 13 January 1967 (UK)
14 January 1967 (US)
Recorded 8 November – 3 December 1966, London, England
Genre Baroque pop
Length 3:16
Label Decca/ABKCO, London (US and Canada)
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Brian Jones(uncredited)
Producer(s) Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
"Ruby Tuesday/Let's Spend the Night Together"
"We Love You/Dandelion"
"Ruby Tuesday"
Single by Melanie
from the album Candles in the Rain
B-side "What Have They Done to My Song Ma" (fr)
Released August 1970 (UK)
November 1970 (US)
Genre Folk pop
Length 4:31 (UK) 3:44 (US)
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Brian Jones(uncredited)
Producer(s) Peter Schekeryk
Melanie singles chronology
"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
"Ruby Tuesday"/ "What Have They Done to My Song Ma" (fr)
"Peace Will Come (According to Plan)"
"Ruby Tuesday"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Flashpoint
Released 24 May 1991
Format 7" vinyl, cassette
Recorded 27 February 1990
Length 3:34
Label Rolling Stones
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Chris Kimsey
and The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Ruby Tuesday"
"Love Is Strong"

"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.

Music and inspiration[edit]

Multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones played recorder, and the double bass was played jointly by bassist Bill Wyman (pressing the strings against the fingerboard) and Keith Richards (bowing the strings). According to Keith Richards in a 1971 Rolling Stone interview, he wrote the song in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew;[1] he has also stated that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-1960s.[2] The song's lyrics concern an apparently free-spirited woman, with Jagger singing, "Who could hang a name on you?/When you change with every new day/Still I'm gonna miss you."[3]

"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."[4] Bill Wyman states in Rolling with the Stones that the lyrics were completely written by Keith Richards with help from Brian Jones on the musical composition.[page needed] However, Marianne Faithfull recalls it differently; according to her, Brian Jones presented an early version of this melody to the rest of the Rolling Stones.[5] According to Victor Bockris, Richards came up with the basic track and the words and finished the song with Jones in the studio.[6]

According to Richards's autobiography, Life, the song was written about his girlfriend Linda Keith. Linda had taken up with Jimi Hendrix, and had got involved with drugs. She left Richards, and he tried to get her back. He eventually went to her parents and told them she was going down a dark path. Linda's father went to New York City to collect her, and by order of court she was grounded. Richards reports that Linda regarded this as a betrayal, and they did not speak again for many years. According to Richards's autobiography, Linda Keith survived, brought up a family, and now lives in New Orleans.[7]

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[8] The song title was the source of the restaurant chain of the same name.

The song was released on two consecutively released US albums: Between the Buttons (1967) and compilation album Flowers (1967).[3] The 2002 ABKCO reissues of the song is missing a vocal overdub in the chorus, but this appears to be an error, as the version on 2007's Rolled Gold+, 2012's GRRR! and the 2013 iTunes remasters contain the overdub.

A concert rendition of the song from the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour was released on the band's 1991 concert album Flashpoint. A July 2013 live performance is featured on Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live.


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Notable cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Greenfield, Robert (19 August 1971). "The Rolling Stone Interview: Keith Richards". Rolling Stone (Rolling Stone). 
  2. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Track Talk: Ruby Tuesday". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b Show 46 - Sergeant Pepper at the Summit: The very best of a very good year. [Part 2] : UNT Digital Library
  4. ^ Wenner, Jann S. (14 December 1995). "Jagger Remembers". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Brian Jones", Mojo Magazine, July 1999, p.75
  6. ^ Bockris, Keith Richards, 1993, p.93-94
  7. ^ Life (2010), Keith Richards, pp. 186–187
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  9. ^,1981905
  10. ^ "The Rolling Stones". The Rolling Stones. 
  11. ^ The Rolling Stones - 40 Licks CD/
  12. ^ Stone Alone - Bill Wyman
  13. ^ Rolling With The Stones - Bill Wyman
  14. ^ Oliver, Good Morning Starshine Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Dick Gaughan for Gaelweb. "Sail On - Dick Gaughan's Discography". 
Preceded by
"Kind of a Drag" by The Buckinghams
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
4 March 1967 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" by The Supremes