Friday, March 4, 2011
It's a nice song that has, as this short article summarizes, an interesting back story. The short version is that Ruby Tuesday was the B-side of the single "Let's Spend the Night Together", but DJ's in the USA were uncomfortable with the explicit sexual references on the A-side, so they played Ruby Tuesday instead. Next thing you know, it's at number 1.
For me, I have been searching for the meanig of the words "Ruby Tuesday" for many years. I have scoured the internet, read way too many books on the Stones, and even written directly to Bill Wyman, who claims to love responding to letters from Stones fans. So far, no luck in unearthing why those two words were chosen as the song's title.
I thought I was on to something once, and may have been, when I noted in Bill Wyman's excellent book "Stone Alone", that he referred to a particular day in Stones history, when Mick and Keith were arraigned in court for drug possession charges, as "Ruby Tuesday". Alas, I could never confirm the meaning of that particular reference.
If you think you know something about this...please let me know.
Posted by Dennis Fortier at 10:11 AM