The Rolling Stones Song of the Day is Love In Vain. Love In Vain is a Rolling Stones adaptation of a song by the King of The Delta Blues sings- Robert Johnson. Like so many great 1960’s guitarists Keith Richards was a fan. At the time Johnson’s work was just being rediscovered. The Stones version of the song has more of a country feel than the blues as Johnson recorded it. Ry Cooder was a guest on the song playing mandolin since Brian Jones at the time of the recording was unavailable.
Keith Richards comments on Love In Vain” For a time we thought the songs that were on that first album [King of the Delta Blues] were the only recordings (Robert Johnson had) made, and then suddenly around ’67 or ’68 up comes this second (bootleg) collection that included Love in Vain. Love in Vain was such a beautiful song. Mick and I both loved it, and at the time I was working and playing around with Gram Parsons, and I started searching around for a different way to present it, because if we were going to record it there was no point in trying to copy the Robert Johnson style or ways and styles. We took it a little bit more country, a little bit more formalized, and Mick felt comfortable with that.”