Listen to the Rolling Stones’ ‘Ride ‘Em on Down’
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The two songs the Stones had previously released, “Just Your Fool” and “Hate to See You Go,” were originally recorded by Little Walter. But “Ride ‘Em on Down,” which they debuted at Desert Trip, dates to Bukka White in the ‘30s, when it was called “Shake ‘Em on Down,” and was cut shortly before White went to jail. However, Eddie Taylor changed the title when he recorded his own version for Vee-Jay in 1955. White’s original also formed the foundation for Led Zeppelin’s “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper.”
Blue & Lonesome finds the Rolling Stones returning to their roots, with covers of 12 blues songs, marking the first time in their history that they have not included a song they wrote on one of their albums. Eric Clapton guests on two tracks, Little Johnny Taylor’s “Everybody Knows About My Good Thing” and Otis Rush’s “I Can’t Quit You Baby.” You can listen to the original versions of the songs on Blue & Lonesome and find out more about them here.
The album came together when they went to Mark Knopfler’s studio in London to record some new music. After loosening up with some of their favorite blues songs, they realized they were having too much fun, so they kept the mood going. “It was only at the end,” Keith Richards said, “when we’d got 12 tracks and Don Was and I were talking together, and Mick [Jagger] was there and he was saying, ‘This is an album. You can’t chop this up.’”
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