“Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb”

23 Jan


“Under My Thumb” is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for The Rolling Stones. Its first appearance was as an album track on 1966’s Aftermath. Although it was never released as a single in English-speaking countries, it is one of the band’s more popular songs from the period, appearing frequently on best-of compilations. In 1968, it was released as a single in Japan.

It was during a performance of this song at the infamous 1969 Altamont Free Concert that the Hells Angels, who were acting as security for the band, stabbed gunman Meredith Hunter to death. It is a common misconception that Hunter was stabbed while the band was playing “Sympathy for the Devil.” The events appear in the Gimme Shelter movie.[1]

Under My Thumb” was featured prominently by the band on their 1981 US Tour and 1982 European tour as the opening number at each concert. The Stones have played the song sporadically on subsequent tours in 1997–98 and 2006.

1 Comment

Posted by on January 23, 2017 in male vocal group, music



One response to ““Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb”

  1. James B. Olcott

    December 24, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Nice touch to correct the common misperception about which song was playing at Altamont.

    Liked by 1 person


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