The Rolling Stones – Angie

“Angie” Single by The Rolling Stones from the album Goats Head Soup B-side “Silver Train“ Released 20 August 1973 Format 7″ Recorded November–December 1972 Genre Rock Length 4:33 Label Rolling Stones Writer(s) Jagger/Richards Producer Jimmy Miller The Rolling Stones singles chronology “Happy” (1972) “Angie” (1973) “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (1973) Goats Head Soup track listing Side 1 “Dancing […]

“Angie”
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Goats Head Soup
B-side Silver Train
Released 20 August 1973
Format 7″
Recorded November–December 1972
Genre Rock
Length 4:33
Label Rolling Stones
Writer(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer Jimmy Miller
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
Happy
(1972)
Angie
(1973)
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
(1973)
Goats Head Soup track listing
Side 1

  1. Dancing with Mr. D
  2. 100 Years Ago
  3. Coming Down Again
  4. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
  5. “Angie”

Side 2

  1. “Silver Train”
  2. “Hide Your Love”
  3. Winter
  4. “Can You Hear the Music?”
  5. Star Star
Alternative covers

Cover of German Release

Angie” is a song by rock and roll band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in November and December 1972, “Angie” is an acoustic guitar driven ballad which tells of the end of a romance. Rolling Stones-recording regularNicky Hopkins plays the song’s distinctive piano accompaniment. The strings on the piece (as well as “Winter“) were arranged by Nicky Harrison. One unusual feature of the original recording is that singer Mick Jagger‘s vocal guide track (made before the final vocals were performed) is faintly audible throughout the song (an effect sometimes called a “ghost vocal”).

Released as a single in August 1973, “Angie” went straight to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and reached number five on the UK singles chart. The song was also a #1 hit in both Canada and Australia for five weeks each and topped the charts in many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Popular belief has it that the song was about David Bowie‘s first wife Angela or even about actress Angie Dickinson. Another belief was that the song was about Richards’ daughter Dandelion Angela who had just been born. The song was written almost entirely both lyrically and musically by Keith Richards and in Richards’ own biography he claims that the name Angie is a pseudonym for heroin and his attempt to quit while detoxing in Switzerland.

The Rolling Stones have frequently performed the song in concert; it was included in set lists on their 1973, 1975 and 1976 tours, and on every tour since their 1982 European tour. Concert renditions have been released on the albums Stripped and Live Licks. Two music videos were shot to promote the song.

In the documentary Protagonist, the former German terrorist Hans-Joachim Klein explains that he adopted the moniker “Angie” during his militant activities in the 1970s in reference to the song. In 2005 the German party CDU used the song for its election campaign for Angela Merkel; the Rolling Stones had not given Merkel permission to use the song.

Covers

  • Womack & Womack covered the song on their 1983 debut album Love Wars.
  • Chilean rock-band La Ley covered this song on their debut album Doble Opuesto (1990).
  • Tori Amos covered the song on her 1992 EP Crucify, and it appeared on various other releases and compilations.
  • Jamaican roots reggae singer Horace Andy covered the song along with Ashley Beedle in the Inspiration Information series
  • Stereophonics covered this song and released it as a b-side of their 1999 single “Hurry Up and Wait“.
  • Uwe Schmidt covered Angie under his moniker lb on Pop Artificielle 1998, sung by a vocal synthesizer software.
  • Irish rock band Aslan closed their 1999 concert album Made in Dublin: Live from Vicar Street with a rendition of this song.
  • Sammy Kershaw covered the song on Stone Country: Country Artists Perform the Songs of the Rolling Stones (2001).
  • Guns N’ Roses performed an instrumental piano version of the song as an intro to “The Blues/Street of Dreams” during their Chinese Democracy Tour (2006/2007).
  • Aaron Kelly sang this song during the Top 12 week on Season 9 of American Idol.
  • Guitarist Laurence Juber recorded a solo acoustic guitar instrumental version dedicated to Nicky Hopkins on his 2008 album “Pop Goes Guitar”.
  • Portuguese rock band UHF covered Angie and released it as a single in 1999.

References

  1. ^ “Nick Harrison Biography”
  2. ^ Janovitz, Bill. “Angie”. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  3. ^ McPherson, Ian. “Track Talk: Angie”. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  4. ^ Zentgraf, Nico. “The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones 1962–2008”. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
  5. ^ Protagonist, 2007
  6. ^ “Stones’ “Angie” in German poll row – 22 August 2005″. BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2012.

 

Preceded by
Half-Breed” by CherUS Billboard Hot 100 number one single
20 October 1973Succeeded by
Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & the PipsPreceded by
Half-Breed” by CherCanadian RPM 100 number-one single
13 October – 10 November 1973 (five weeks)Succeeded by
“Could You Ever Love Me Again” by Gary & Dave



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