On this day in 1967, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] reached the top of the charts with “Ruby Tuesday.” But its road to the top was much more complicated than that.
The Stones released the double “Let’s Spend the Night Together”/”Ruby Tuesday” around the same time [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] released “Strawberry Fields Forever”/”Penny Lane.”
While the Beatles achieved enormous success in America with those tracks, the Rolling Stones were held back.
“Let’s Spend the Night Together” was a controversial song at the time because of its content, which strongly suggested sexual relations.
A big no-no in the music industry back then, it was what kept the Stones from reaching success with the record in the U.S. and performing it in its full glory on shows like Ed Sullivan.
But once it was time for “Ruby Tuesday” to hit the airwaves, the Stones’ fortunes completely changed.
“Ruby Tuesday” was decidedly much cleaner and more sentimental than “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Its tone was also much softer, allowing it to break the band through.
“Ruby Tuesday” was ultimately the song that made America fall in love with the Rolling Stones. The rest, as they say, is history.
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