Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Producers: The Glimmer Twins
Recorded: 1978 at EMI Studios, Paris, and with the Rolling Stones Mobile Unit
Released: May 19, 1978
|Mick Jagger — vocals, guitar
Keith Richards — guitar, vocals
Ron Wood — guitar, vocals
Charlie Watts — drums
Bill Wyman — bass
Sugar Blue — harp
Mel Collins — saxophone
Ian McLagan — piano
|Some Girls (Rolling Stones, 1978)
The Rolling Stones, "The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band," recorded a disco song in the midst of the British punk revolution. The song was, of course, reviled by that sector of the rock world, as well as by old school fans who wondered where the guitar was.
The dance crowd loved it, though, and it was a Number One crossover hit.
"Miss You" was inspired by lead singer Mick Jagger's nights hanging around New York's Studio 54, mostly with his then-latest squeeze, model Jerry Hall.
Ironically, Jagger's soon-to-be ex-wife Bianca was touched by the song's romantic sentiments and reportedly asked attorneys to slow down their divorce proceedings.
The Some Girls album was tough, tight and rocking, throwing songs such as "Shattered," "Respectable," and "When the Whip Comes Down" in critics' faces.
Both "Miss You'' and Some Girls hit Number One on their respective Billboard charts, the latter knocking off the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.
The title track, however, stirred up controversy in Jagger's explicit assessments of the sexual tastes of women of various ethnic persuasions. The Reverend Jesse Jackson was among those calling for the song to be censored.
The Stones also got in trouble over the album's cover, a spoof of old-time wig ads that featured not only the Stones but also celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Lauren Bacall, and Raquel Welch. After some threatened to sue, the original cover was recalled and is now a collector's item.