Angie (song)

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"Angie"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Goats Head Soup
B-side"Silver Train"
Released20 August 1973
Format7"
RecordedNovember–December 1972
GenreRock
Length4:33
LabelRolling Stones
Writer(s)Jagger/Richards
ProducerJimmy Miller
CertificationBPI (UK) Silver 1 October 1973[1]
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Happy"
(1972)
"Angie"
(1973)
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
(1973)
Goats Head Soup track listing
Alternative covers
Cover of German Release
 
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"Angie"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Goats Head Soup
B-side"Silver Train"
Released20 August 1973
Format7"
RecordedNovember–December 1972
GenreRock
Length4:33
LabelRolling Stones
Writer(s)Jagger/Richards
ProducerJimmy Miller
CertificationBPI (UK) Silver 1 October 1973[1]
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Happy"
(1972)
"Angie"
(1973)
"Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
(1973)
Goats Head Soup track listing
Alternative covers
Cover of German Release

"Angie" is a song by rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in November and December 1972, "Angie" is an acoustic guitar driven ballad which tells of the end of a romance. Rolling Stones-recording regular Nicky Hopkins plays the song's distinctive piano accompaniment. The strings on the piece (as well as "Winter") were arranged by Nicky Harrison.[2] One unusual feature of the original recording is that singer Mick Jagger's vocal guide track (made before the final vocals were performed) is faintly audible throughout the song (an effect sometimes called a "ghost vocal").[3]

Released as a single in August 1973, "Angie" went straight to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 5 on the UK singles chart. The song was also a No. 1 hit in both Canada and Australia for five weeks each and topped the charts in many countries throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

Some radio stations made edits because of the length, down to 3 minutes, thereby omitting the longer Coda and the second instrumental sections of the song.

Popular belief has it that the song was about David Bowie's first wife Angela or even about actress Angie Dickinson. Another belief was that the song was about Richards' daughter Dandelion Angela who had just been born.[4] The song was written almost entirely both lyrically and musically by Keith Richards and in Richards' own biography he claims that the name Angie is a pseudonym for heroin and his attempt to quit while detoxing in Switzerland.[citation needed]

The Rolling Stones have frequently performed the song in concert; it was included in set lists on their 1973, 1975 and 1976 tours, and on every tour since their 1982 European tour.[5] Concert renditions have been released on the albums Stripped and Live Licks.

In the documentary Protagonist, the former German terrorist Hans-Joachim Klein explains that he adopted the moniker "Angie" during his militant activities in the 1970s in reference to the song.[6] In 2005 the German party CDU used the song for its election campaign for Angela Merkel; the Rolling Stones had not given Merkel permission to use the song.[7]

Contents

Music video

Two music videos were shot to promote the song.

Covers

References

  1. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Nick Harrison Biography"
  3. ^ Janovitz, Bill. "Angie". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  4. ^ McPherson, Ian. "Track Talk: Angie". Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  5. ^ Zentgraf, Nico. "The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones 1962–2008". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  6. ^ Protagonist, 2007
  7. ^ "Stones' "Angie" in German poll row – 22 August 2005". BBC.co.uk. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 

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Preceded by
"Half-Breed" by Cher
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
20 October 1973 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Preceded by
"Half-Breed" by Cher
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
13 October 1973 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Could You Ever Love Me Again" by Gary and Dave