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NOD TO THE GODS: The Rolling Stones, ‘Happy’
September 15, 2013
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Each and every Sunday night when the clock hits eight, The Strombo Show celebrates the spirit of radio over on CBC Radio 2. It's music for music lovers by music lovers. To kick off the program, we always tip our hats to the legends, the noisemakers and the ground-breakers in a segment that we like to call: Nod to the Gods.

Tonight, we're kicking the season off by celebrating the grit and the dynamic raw power of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger with 'Happy' - a cut off their 1972 album 'Exile on Main St.'

Richards wrote the tune during the summer of 1971 at a villa in southern France: "We did that in an afternoon, in only four hours, cut and done. At noon it had never existed. At four o'clock it was on tape." In the chorus, Richards sings: "I need a love to keep me happy."  It was recorded in the basement with Richards, producer Jimmy Miller on the kit and their saxophonist Bobby Keys on maracas. Vocals from Jagger and the rest were added later.

Keys is a silent stunner of a saxophonist. He's been a part of the Stones' line-up for years, appearing on some of their finest releases, including 'Let It Bleed', 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Emotional Rescue'. He expanded his signature sound onto Lennon's 'Walls & Bridges', Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass' and has worked with Chuck Berry, Dr. John, Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson.

His work with the Stones was highlighted on their '50 and Counting' tour, which wrapped earlier this summer at Hyde Park for their Glastonbury performance.

For further musical musings, new and old, join the collective for The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2, every Sunday night at 8PM. And if you'd like to catch up or relisten, all of the episodes are archived on our Radio page.


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