Saturday, June 29, 2013

Run Rudolph Run

After their 1976 European tour and the one-off performance at Knebworth Fair, the Rolling Stones, and Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ron Wood in particular, recorded with ex-Mama and Papa John Phillips, and edited some 150 hours of live tapes from the Stones' 1975 and 1976 tours for an upcoming live album.

In late 1976, while in London, Keith Richards one night decided to go down to Island Studios. It being Christmas time, Keith decided to get into the holiday spirit by doing a version of one of his idols songs, Chuck Berry's 'Run Rudolph Run'. Het put a call into Ian Stewart to set up studio time, and he, Stu, and Canadian drummer Mike Driscoll, borrowed from Mick Taylor's band, headed down to Island for a jam session.

The recorded track then stayed idle for two years when in December, 1978 Richards decided to give Rolling Stones fans a Christmas gift with the release of 'Rudolph' and its flip side, Jimmy Cliff's 'The Harder They Come' (recorded in 1978 with Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Ian McLagan). Read a little bit more on this underrated solo release right down here.

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