The Rolling Stones

Little Red Rooster

Composed by Chester Burnett / Willie Dixon

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According to legend, "Little Red Rooster" was Brian Jones' most beloved Rolling Stones single. He certainly shines on an exquisite slide guitar performance, but more importantly -­ probably to him -­ was the fact that the band was able to make the British record charts with a straight blues song. The ultra-simple 1/4/5 blues pattern frames the excellent lyrics, which utilize the metaphor of a rooster to convey an almost pornographic atmosphere. Aside from Jones' slide and Mick Jagger's blues harp solos, the entire performance by the band as a unit is striking, and one of their most cohesive from this defining, early period.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Rolling Stones, Now! 1965 ABKCO Records 3:06
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) 1966 ABKCO Records 3:06
Rolled Gold: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1975 ABKCO Records 3:06
Stones Story 1976 Decca 3:01
Love You Live 1977 Polydor / Universal / Universal Music 4:39
No Image 1977 Arcade Music
The Complete Singles Collection: The London Years 1989 Universal Music 3:04
Flashpoint 1991 Capitol / Universal 5:15
No Image 1992
Various Artists
No Image 1996 Midnight Beat 5:29
Remastered Series 2004 ABKCO Records 3:06
Singles 1963-1965 2004 ABKCO Records / Universal Distribution 4:23
The Rolling Stones 1964-1969 [Vinyl Box Set] 2010 ABKCO Records / Universal Distribution 3:05
Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 2012 ABKCO Records 2:36
GRRR! 2012 Universal Distribution 3:05
Crossfire Hurricane [Video] 2013 Eagle Rock
The Rolling Stones in Mono 2016 ABKCO Records 3:06
Another Time, Another Place 2016 Coda Publishing
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