Beggars-Banquet

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On this day in music history: May 24, 1968 - “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones is released (US release date is on June 1, 1968). Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Jagger and Richards will write the song at Keith’s estate Redlands in West Wittering, Sussex, UK in early 1968. Jagger will be inspired to write the lyrics when he is awoken one morning by the sound of Richards’ gardener Jack Dyer walking past his window. When Mick asks who it is, Keith will reply, ‘Oh that’s Jack, jumpin’ jack". The track will be recorded at Olympic Studios in London on April 20, 1968 during sessions for the bands’ next album “Beggar’s Banquet”. Keith Richards will achieve the tracks’ unique guitar sound by using a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar tuned to an open D chord, then placing a capo on the neck. He then records the guitar (actually two guitars, with the second tuned to a higher octave) with a Philips cassette recorder using the players external condenser mic, then bouncing it back to multitrack tape. Issued as a stand alone single, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” will mark the Stones return to their trademark blues rooted sound after experimenting with psychedelic music on their two previous albums. In time, it will be regarded as one of the band’s greatest and most often covered songs. The single will be backed with non-LP B-side “Child Of The Moon”. At the time of the singles’ release, it will be accompanied by a promotional film directed by Michael Lindsey-Hogg (“Let It Be”), in which The Rolling Stones perform the song with all of the band members appearing with painted faces and heavy makeup. The songs’ title will also become the basis of a Penny Marshall directed comedy in 1986 starring Whoopi Goldberg. Aretha Franklin will record a cover of the song produced by Keith Richards, who will also play guitar on the track. The Rolling Stones original version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” will hit number one on the UK singles chart, number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1968, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.