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Something Happened to Me Yesterday

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Recorded  3–11 August 1966
Length  4:55
Genre  Rock, music hall
Released  20 January 1967 (UK) 11 February 1967 (US)
Label  Decca/ABKCO (UK) London/ABKCO (US)
Writer(s)  Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

"Something Happened to Me Yesterday" is the closing track of The Rolling Stones' 1967 album Between the Buttons.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in August and November 1966, "Something Happened to Me Yesterday" is the first officially released Rolling Stones track to feature Richards on separate lead vocal. Jagger sings the verses; Richards sings the chorus and plays the electric and acoustic guitars; Charlie Watts is on drums and Bill Wyman on bass, Brian Jones plays saxophone and whistles, and Jack Nitzsche plays piano.

At the time of the song's release, Jagger said: "I leave it to the individual imagination as to what happened." Matthew Greenwald calls it "one [of] the most accurate songs about LSD."

The song ends with a spoken passage: "Well thank you very much and now I think it's time for us all to go. So from all of us to all of you, not forgetting the boys in the band and our producer Reg Thorpe, we'd like to say God bless. So if you're out tonight, don't forget, if you're on your bike, wear white. Evening all." Jagger has said (plainly facetiously) that this passage is "something I remember hearing on the BBC as the bombs dropped", (i.e. in the first two years of his life). However, this sort of homily was typically rendered at the end of an episode of the early police procedural Dixon of Dock Green by PC Dixon, an old school bobby.

  • Mick Jagger - lead vocals (verses)
  • Keith Richards - lead vocals (chorus), backing vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Brian Jones - saxophone, whistling
  • Bill Wyman - bass guitar
  • Charlie Watts - drums
  • Jack Nitzsche - piano
  • Uncredited musicians - brass and strings

    References

    Something Happened to Me Yesterday Wikipedia


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