Monday, February 6, 2012

Marianne Faithful: As Tears Go By, Rolling Stones.

Marianne Faithful (born 29 December 1946) is an award-winning English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades.

Her early career in rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed landmark album, Broken English.

Mick Jagger, wrote the lyrics, and Keith wrote the melody. When Mick and Keith wrote this, The Stones were still playing mostly Blues. This did not fit their image, but it established The Stones as a band that could pull off the occasional ballad.

This was released as a single in the US because ballads were popular there at the time. The release in England was delayed 6 months because they did not want to compete with "Yesterday" by The Beatles. When they finally did release it there, it was as the B-side of "19th Nervous Breakdown."

This was one of 3 songs The Stones performed on their 1966 Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Rolling Stones' lead singer, Mick Jagger. She also co-wrote "Sister Morphine", which is featured on the Stones' Sticky Fingers album.


Paul 2 said...

She looks so young in that clip. I always loved both versions of this song. If you never heard Broken English, some of the songs can be brutal, the back side,sex and drugs and rock n roll.

Dawn said...

I can not believe that she lived through it all..