Keith Richards: “The story here is the miracle that we ever found that track. I was convinced – and I think Mick was – that it was definitely a reggae song. And we did it in 38 takes – ‘Start me up. Yeah, man, cool. You know, you know, Jah Rastafari.’ And it didn’t make it. And somewhere in the middle of a break, just to break the tension, Charlie and I hit the Rock And Roll version. And right after that we went straight back to reggae and we forgot totally about this one little burst in the middle, until about 5 years later when somebody sifted all the way through these reggae takes. After doing about 70 takes of “Start Me Up” he found that one in the middle. It was just buried in there. Suddenly I had it. Nobody remembered cutting it. But we leapt on it again. We did a few overdubs on it, and it was like a gift, you know?” This 1981 hit went to # 2.
Start Me Upby Rolling Stones
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