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The Rolling Stones: “Love Is Strong”

The Hook: Keith says he still may have been in X-pensive Winos mode when he wrote it.

Album: Voodoo Lounge

Year: 1994

Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Stats: Peaked at number-two on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, but got only to number-91 on the Hot 100.

Background: Keith Richards toured with his side band, The X-pensive Winos, in late 1992 and early 1993, supporting his second solo album, Main Offender. He says that may have had something to do with the sound of “Love Is Strong,” the first single from The Rolling Stones’ 1994 Voodoo Lounge album.

Keith Richards on “Love Is Strong,” the kickoff track and first single from The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge. OC:…Winos baggage. [laughs] :19

“Strong track to play. A lot of that stuff at that time came out of me working with The Winos with Steve Jordan and Charley Drayton and Bobby Keys, Ivan Neville and Waddy Wachtel. I think it was kind of, in a way, a continuation of that. I was still carrying my Winos baggage.”