Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Look Who's Turning 70 Mid-Week Song
Who would have thought that legendary Stones guitarist and composer Keith Richards would have survived to see his 70th birthday, which is tomorrow? His drinking and drug abuse -- which he's apparently kicked -- and general wear and tear on his body of five decades of rock stardom almost ruined him. He co-wrote a large number of the Stones' songs with Sir Mick Jagger (gotta smile at that one), among them some beautiful ballads, one of which we feature today: "Back Street Girl". It's a song about a woman who is the mistress of a callous man at a much higher social strata. The use of harpsichord, vibraphone and accordion make this one of the more un-Stones-like songs. Early happy birthday to an unlikely survivor.