What I just found out is that the first song the Stones played at their July 5, 1969 free concert in Hyde Park was a cover of the same Johnny Winter song I posted about last night. The original reason for the show was to introduce Mick Taylor as the band’s newest member, but Brian Jones died two days before, and the concert became something of a send off memorial for him. It seems his favorite song at the time was this Johnny Winter tune.
It’s totally fitting that the song shows just how tough a guitar player Mick Taylor was, and serves as a precursor to his fantastic work throughout the Stones’ Golden Years. May Brian Jones roll over, and tell Ronnie Woods the news.