Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on January 14th of 1970 The Rolling Stones reach #1 on the UK Album Chart with “Let It Bleed”.  Among the songs from that LP comes “Gimme Shelter”. Let It Bleed is the eighth British and tenth American album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1969 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Released shortly after the band’s 1969 American Tour, it is the follow-up to 1968’s Beggars Banquet and the last album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor. “Gimme Shelter” was written by the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, the band’s primary songwriting team. Richards began working on the song’s signature opening riff in London whilst Jagger was away filming Performance. As released, the song begins with Richards performing a guitar intro, soon joined by Jagger’s lead vocal. The recording also features vocals by Merry Clayton. Lisa Fischer was later recruited to perform the song during concerts.The song was first recorded in London at Olympic Studios in February and March 1969; the version with Clayton was recorded in Los Angeles at Sunset Sound Recorders and Elektra Studios in October and November that same year. Nicky Hopkins played piano, the Rolling Stones’ producer Jimmy Miller played percussion, Charlie Watts played drums, Bill Wyman played bass, Jagger played harmonica and sang backup vocals with Richards and Clayton. Guitarist Brian Jones was present during the early sessions but did not contribute, Richards being credited with both rhythm and lead guitars on the album sleeve. The song was not released as a single. The LP “Let It Bleed” topped of at #3 in the US where it eventually went 2× platinum.