The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb (1966)

The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb (1966)

“Under My Thumb” is a song recorded by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Under My Thumb” features a marimba played by Brian Jones. The lyrics are about revenge against an ex-lover. Although it was never released as a single in English-speaking countries, it is one of the band’s more popular songs from the period and appears on several best-of compilations, such as Hot Rocks 1964–1971. It was included as the fourth track on both the American and United Kingdom versions of the band’s 1966 studio album Aftermath.

The group frequently performed “Under My Thumb” on their 1981 US Tour and 1982 European tour as the opening number at each concert. It was the song being performed by the group at the Altamont Free Concert in December 1969 during which the death of Meredith Hunter took place.

Like many of the songs from the Aftermath period, “Under My Thumb” uses more novel instrumentation than that featured on previous Stones records. Fuzz bass lines were added by Bill Wyman. Marimba riffs, played by Brian Jones, provide the song’s most prominent hook.

“Under My Thumb” was among the most popular songs that the Stones performed during their 1969 appearances at Madison Square Garden and The Forum.

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