And then the neck fell off…
According to Keef, the guitar he was using (*) on the original recording of Gimme Shelter, fell apart, right at the end…
If you listen you can hear a ‘ker-ching’ sound at around 4min 22 seconds…
"Gimme Shelter" was written by the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, the band's primary songwriting team.[note 1] Richards began working on the song's signature opening riff in London while Jagger was away filming Performance with Richards' then-girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg. In his autobiography Life, Richards revealed that the tension of the song was inspired by his jealousy at seeing the relationship between Pallenberg and Jagger, and his suspicions of an ...
[* - an Australian-made
Maton SE777, a large single-cutaway hollowbody guitar, which he had previously used on Midnight Rambler ]
Backing Vocals - from session singer, Merry Clayton.
What a great song…
I was under the impression that Nanette Workmen did the female vocals on Gimme Shelter. I saw her in concert a few years ago and she mentioned it. Who knows. Probably only the engineer.
Agree. It’s a terrific track and has to be played loud.
Multiple reports say it was Merry Clayton - as she does, in interviews…
According to authors Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon:
The Rolling Stones
1.Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica |
2.Keith Richards – backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitars |
3.Bill Wyman – bass |
4.Charlie Watts – drums Additional personnel
Merry Clayton (born December 25, 1948) is an American soul and gospel singer. She contributed vocals to numerous tracks and worked with many major recording artists for decades, including a duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter". Clayton is prominently featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary about background singers and their contributions to the music industry.
Clayton was born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born on Christmas Da...
Wasn’t she on You Can’t Always Get What You Want billed as Nanette Newman.
Looks like it… Same LP, though. LIB.
“Mistakenly credited as Nanette Newman, Workman sang backing vocals on You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Country Honk (the acoustic precursor to Honky Tonk Women, tracks from The Rolling Stones 1969 album Let It Bleed (she’s credited as Nanette Newman, and some have confused her with the British actress married to director Bryan Forbes)”
After understudying the lead of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, she played the role of Rosemary in 1964 and later played the lead in summer stock. In 1966, Workman met Tony Roman and recorded her first French single, "Et Maintenant", for him in Canada, where the song remained on the charts for fifteen weeks after becoming number one. Over the next two years she became a Canadian recording and TV star, finally hosting Fleurs d'amour, fleurs d'amitié. In 1969, Workman moved to Wo...
I stand corrected. I guess she wishes she was.
IMO, Merry Clayton nailed it. She says she did only 2 takes…?
Live, the Stones had Lisa Fisher up to 2015, then Sasha Allen from 2016 onwards. Having seen YouTube versions, I think Sasha tries too hard… Lisa was better… IMO…
Sorry for starting a thread creep. Back to the topic. Any idea why the neck broke. It is not as if it is a common occurrence.
One report says the Neck Pickup fell out…?
Its said to be a hollow body guitar - an Australian made Mayton SE777 - Richards describes it as a Chuck Berry style guitar - so like a Gibson 355…?
Maybe Keef just pushed it too far…??
Not As Strong As A Telecaster.
All valid. Its a great song…!! (IMO… YMMV…)
More Gimme Shelter trivia is welcome…!!
YouTube just offered me this cover of Gimme Shelter…
With Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks…
That will do me…
A recent metal take - very apocalyptic -