The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is- No Expectations. No Expectations written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is the second song on side one of Beggars Banquet and was released also as the b-side to the Street Fighting Man single. It is a ballad about loneliness and being left behind. Sort of a Stones tribute to one of their heroes the great bluesman Robert Johnson. Musically the highlight is from one who was about to be left behind-The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones on slide guitar. Sadly, Jones shortly would be joining the ’27’ club. Stones bassist Bill Wyman summed Jones and his importance well- “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.
Session superstar Nicky Hopkins also is playing piano on this. The Stones rarely played this in concert- and from 1973 until 1994 didn’t play it once- I mention this because I was at the show in Cleveland in August 1994 when they brought it back!