9 Songs You Didn’t Know Mick Jagger Wrote For Other Artists


Born in the summer of 1943, Mick Jagger has become one of the greatest rock stars of all time. Combining a bone-shaking voice, swaying hips and a mouth reminiscent of the gods of Mount Olympus, Jagger has penned some of the most indelible hits of all time, from “Beast of Burden” to “Get Off of MyCloud”.

These songs, by and large, ended up on albums by his band The Rolling Stones, often with the help of legendary guitarist Keith Richards. Some also ended up on solo albums. But a few were written and recorded by artists other than Jagger’s signature projects. From blues tracks to rock hits, did you know Hall of Fame Jagger wrote these nine songs for other artists? Otherwise, you will enjoy yourself.

Let’s dive into it.

1. “Over the tears” – Marianne Faithfull

Written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.

Written by Jagger, Andrew Loog Oldham and Richards, the 1964 song was recorded and released as a single in the UK by Marianne Faithfull. The track peaked at number 9 on the UK and Irish charts. Later the Rolling Stones recorded their own version of the tune and it was included on the American album, December’s children (and everyone’s children). It reached number six when London Records released it as a single.

2. “Disease” – Matchbox Twenty

Written by Mick Jagger and Rob Thomas

The 2002 song was the first single released by American rock band Matchbox Twenty on their third LP, More than you think. It was co-written by lead singer Rob Thomas and Jagger and dropped on September 30, 2002. It peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

It was one of two songs first sketched by Thomas and presented to Jagger as the ‘Stones frontman produced his own fourth solo album, Goddess at the door. Jagger helped flesh out the track but returned it to Thomas saying, “It sounds like you. It’s your song. Jagger and Thomas are credited with writing the track.

3. “Money Train” – Johnny Winter

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

“Silver Train” was released in 1973 on the Rolling Stones album, Goat’s head soup. The lyrics deal with the sordid relationship between the singer’s relationship with a woman of the night.

The song was first worked on and recorded as a demo in 1970 during sessions for the band’s album, sticky fingers. But after hearing an early demo of the song, artist Johnny Winter recorded a cover of it for his album, Still alive and wellin 1973, a few months before the release of The Rolling Stones Goat’s head soup album release. So technically he got there first.

4. “Sister Morphine” – Marianne Faithfull

Written by Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Written by Faithfull, Jagger and Richards, the 1969 song was originally released by Faithfull as the B-side to her Decca Records single, “Something Better”, on February 21, 1969. A different version was later released. was released two years later by The Rolling Stones for the band’s 1971 LP, sticky fingers. Jagger produced the song.

5. “So in love” and

6. “(Walkin’ Through the) Sleepy City” – The Mighty Avengers

Both written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

“So Much in Love” was released on August 28, 1964, and “(Walking’ Thru the) Sleepy City” was released the following summer in July 1965. Both were originally written by Jagger and Richards for the pop band English The Mighty. Avengers (not to be confused with the comic book collective featuring Captain America, Hulk, etc.).

The Mighty Avengers was managed by Danny Betesh and he negotiated a recording contract with Andrew Loog Oldham, who at the time was also managing the Rolling Stones. Jagger and Richards wrote the group’s only hit, “So Much In Love”, which spent two weeks at the top of the UK charts and reached No. 46 for the year 1964. It also reached No. 22 in Australia.

The group released several other singles, including “(Walkin’ Thru the) Sleepy City”, which was also written by the Rolling Stones duo. But these songs never charted. The group broke up in the mid-1960s and several of its members joined the group Jigsaw, which won a few hits in the 1970s.

7. “This girl belongs to yesterday” – Gene Pitney

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Released in November 1963, the track was written by Jagger and Richards and was first released by Gene Pitney, who is said to have been present with Phil Spector at some of the Rolling Stones’ early recording sessions in London. Pitney played the piano, but the extent of which remains uncertain.

“That Girl Belongs to Yesterday” reached number 7 in the UK for Pitney in 1964 and was the first song written by Jagger and Richards to become a top 10 hit in the UK. The song reached number 49 in the United States. .

8. “We’re wasting time” – Jimmy Tarbuck

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Written by Jagger and Richards, this October 1965 track was first released by Jimmy Tarbuck. Released on Immediate Records, which was a British label founded in 1965 by Rolling Stones manager Oldham and Tony Calder, the band focused on London-based blues and R&B artists. He signed artists like Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac and Humble Pie.

The label folded due to financial problems in 1970 and has seen controversy ever since with issues relating to alleged unpaid royalties. But before that, the label had released songs like “We’re Wastin’ Time”.

9. “When Blue Turns Grey” – Tracey Dey

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Another written by Jagger and Richards, the 1964 song was first released by Tracey Dey. It first appeared in 1965 when Dick and Dee Dee and The Mighty Avengers released versions of it as singles. Another rendition was released shortly thereafter by Dey on Amy Records. On this version, the label credits Richards and Oldham, adding a touch of controversy to the creators.

The song was later released by the Rolling Stones on the band’s 1965 US-only release album, December’s children (and everyone’s children). The song features Brian Jones on 12-string electric guitar and Richards on six-string. It was not released in the UK until 1971 on the compilation disc, Stone Age. Cliff Richard and the Shadows released a rendition later in 1966 and it became a hit in several countries, reaching No. 15 in the UK.

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