THE ROLLING STONES SONG OF THE DAY– LADY JANE

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The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is Lady Jane. Lady Jane, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is the third song on The Stones Aftermath album. It was also the b-side to Mother’s Little Helper in the US.  Brian Jones- whose influence is strong on the Aftermath album- had his hands all over this song. An example of baroque music- the most memorable aspect of the song is the instrumentation-  Jones on this song plays the dulcimer- an Appalachian string instrument, Jack Nitzsche appears on the song playing a harpsichord. Over the years Jones who died in 1969 at the age of 27 has been conveniently ‘written out’ of The Rolling Stones story- by Mick and Keith- but his impact musically on the band was enormous before his sad slide in the last couple years of his life. Jones was also the founder of the band and his contributions are considered by many to be an early pioneer of world music. As Bill Wyman has said of Jones importance to The Stones “He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. … he was very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.”

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