Watch now: The Rolling Stones premiere "Ruby Tuesday" lyrics video as band prepares to launch UK trek
Written by Classic Rock 93.9 on May 22, 2018
A new animated lyrics video for The Rolling Stones‘ chart-topping 1967 tune “Ruby Tuesday” has been released by the ABKCO label in celebration of the launch of the U.K. portion of the band’s 2018 No Filter Tour tonight in London. You can watch the clip now at ABKCO’s official VEVO YouTube channel.
The video features the mono version of “Ruby Tuesday,” with the lyrics appearing in ornate lettering as a variety of multicolored kaleidoscopic floral and paisley designs whirl.
The song was mainly written by guitarist Keith Richards and was inspired by his girlfriend at the time, model Linda Keith, who’d left him for a poet named Bill Chenail and who later dated Jimi Hendrix.
“Ruby Tuesday” features some interesting instrumentation, including Brian Jones playing recorder, and Richards bowing a double bass while Bill Wyman fingered the fretboard. Acclaimed arranger/producer Jack Nitzsche contributed piano to the track.
The song initially was issued as the B-side of “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” but wound up getting more airplay because of the then-controversial topic of the latter tune. “Ruby Tuesday” spent one week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of ’67.
After kicking off their No Filter Tour of Europe on Thursday in Dublin, Ireland, The Rolling Stones play London Stadium tonight. The trek features seven more U.K. dates, then moves on to Germany, France and Czech Republic before wrapping up in Warsaw, Poland, on July 8.
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