Stoned (The Rolling Stones song)

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B-side to "I Wanna Be Your Man" (UK)
B-side to "I Wanna Be Your Man" (US) by The Rolling Stones
Released 1 November 1963 (UK)
1964 (US), promptly withdrawn
Recorded 7 October 1963, London
Genre Rock and Roll
Label Decca F 11764 (UK)
London 9641 (US)
Writer(s) Nanker Phelge
Producer(s) Eric Easton

"Stoned" was released in the UK by The Rolling Stones on the Decca label on 1 November 1963, as the B-side to their version of "I Wanna Be Your Man".[1] Recorded in early October 1963, it was the first song released to be credited to "Nanker Phelge", and the band's first original composition, derivative of "Green Onions" by Booker T. & the M.G.s. This bluesy quasi-instrumental[2] features Jones on harmonica and Stewart on tack piano, with occasional vocals from Jagger who huskily recites "Stoned .... outa mah mind .... where am I at?"[3]

The single was briefly released in the United States on the London Records label early in 1964,[3] but was quickly withdrawn on "moral grounds"[2] until its inclusion on Singles Collection: The London Years in 1989.[4] It also appeared on the 1973 UK-only compilation No Stone Unturned, and on Singles 1963-1965 (2004).[1]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Zentgraf, Nico. "The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones 1962-2008". Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
  2. ^ a b per the liner notes for Singles Collection: The London Years.
  3. ^ a b The Rolling Stones, an illustrated record (1976) Roy Carr, New English Library, London. pp. 14, 104
  4. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Time Is On Our Side - Stoned". Retrieved 2008-05-16.