Night Music: The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In the Shadow”

Here’s a fun clip of the Stones on the Ed Sullivan Show, syncing to this tune in 1966. It doesn’t appear that any of group listed this one in their Top 10, probably rightly, but it is a catchy original tune that defies categorization. Reportedly one of the first songs to incorporate guitar feedback (can this be true?) and the first Stones song with a horn part, it was also supposedly one of the first songs Richards composed on the piano and can be seen miming the piano part in the video.

But in the recording it is Jack Nitzsche and Brian Jones who played the piano, with Richards on guitar.

And the lyrics are straightforward, mysterious and mysteriously salacious. Nicely done.

3 thoughts on “Night Music: The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In the Shadow”

  1. It almost made my list. When I first heard this at about age 11 I listened to it over and over, the SOUND is fantastic. I love reverb, what can I say. Lawr listed She Said Yeah (which BTW is a cover, Larry Williams did the original), another of their in-your-face guitar greats. The horns don’t ruin this but they don’t help.

  2. The 45 of Have You Seen… had a great cover, too, with the Stones in drag if memory serves.

    Yeah, “She Said Yeah” was a cover. Beatles covered it as well with Paul rocking on the vocals.

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