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The Glimmer Twins

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Not to be confused with Glimmer Twins - DJs from Belgian; The Glimmer Twins is a nickname given to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. The two often use it as a producing credit on Stones albums. The origin of the nickname dates from a vacation cruise Jagger and Richards took to Brazil in 1969 with their then girlfriends, Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg. During several meals, an older English couple ate at the same table as the rock stars and kept asking Richards and Jagger who they were. When they refused to reveal their identities, reportedly, the older couple kept asking, “just give us a glimmer” (as in give us a hint to your true names), for the couple did vaguely recognize the men from television and tabloids.

Jagger and Richards were so amused by this recurrent request, they began to call themselves the ‘Glimmer Twins’ when producing Rolling Stones records. The moniker and alias first appears in 1974 when longtime producer Jimmy Miller was relieved of his producing duties on It’s Only Rock’n Roll. The first of many producing credits for the ‘Glimmer Twins’ appears on the It’s Only Rock’n Roll album jacket and record sleeve. No effort was made to explain that the term was a pseudonym for Jagger and Richards.

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