Harlem Shuffle (3:24)

Cover of Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993

From Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993 and 22 other releases

The Rolling Stones
“Harlem Shuffle”

Single by The Rolling Stones from the album Dirty Work

B-side “Had It With You”

Released 28 February 1986

Format; CD, 7”

Recorded 8 April - 17 June 1985

Genre; Rock

Length; 3:23

Label; Rolling Stones

Writer(s) ;Bob Relf, Earl Nelson

Producer Steve Lillywhite
and The Glimmer Twins

“Harlem Shuffle” is an R&B song written and originally recorded by the duo Bob & Earl in 1963.

The Rolling Stones’ cover version, with Bobby Womack on backing vocals, appeared on their 1986 album Dirty Work, and went to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #13 in the UK. Keith Richards had been looking for songs to possibly include on the album and had been working up songs with Ronnie Wood and Womack while waiting for Jagger to return to the studio in Paris after doing promo work on his solo album. To Richards surprise, Jagger liked the feel and cut the vocals quickly. It became the first cover song the Stones had released as an opening single off a new studio album since 1964. It opens with:

“ You move it to the left and you go for yourself
You move it to the right yeah if it takes all night
Now take it kinda slow with a whole lot of soul. ”

In 1986, a 12” extended single mix of the song was released. One side contained the “London Mix” and ran 6:19. The other side had a “New York Mix” and ran 6:35. Both mixes were variations of the 7” mix. The “New York Mix” is available on the CD, Rarities 1971–2003, although it has been edited to 5:48. The full-length versions have not been released commercially on CD.


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