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“Ruby Tuesday” is a song recorded by The Rolling Stones in 1966, released on 13 January 1967. The song was a number-one hit in the US and a number three in the UK. It was released as a single but it appeared later that week on the album Between the Buttons.

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. He has also stated that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-1960s. 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.”

“That’s a wonderful song,” Mick Jagger told Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone magazine) in 1995. “It’s just a nice melody, really. And a lovely lyric. Neither of which I wrote, but I always enjoy singing it.”Bill Wyman states in Rolling with the Stones (BW’s diary later released in bookform) that the song was completely written by Keith Richards. However, Marianne Faithfull says in her biography that the song was written by Brian Jones, and that Keith Richards only added minor parts

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #303 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


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