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The Rolling Stones: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
The Hook: Al Kooper played on lots of Bob Dylan tracks during the ’60s, but only one by the Stones.
Album: Let It Bleed
Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Stats: It was the B-side of the Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” single, which topped the charts in both the U.S. and U.K.
Background: Brooklyn-born singer, songwriter, bandleader, keyboardist, guitarist and record producer Al Kooper played on many of Bob Dylan’s greatest recordings during the ’60s, but he only appeared on one track by The Rolling Stones. He talks about his contribution to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
Al Kooper on his contribution to The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” OC:…it to. :18
“I played piano on the basic track, I overdubbed organ and then they sent me the tapes and I put horns on it. And they only thing they kept from the horn section was the French horn. And it was good taste on their part, because I had a really bad night in the studio with the horn players and it didn’t come out like I wanted it to.”