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The Rolling Stones: Wild Horses

Regarded by many as the greatest rock and roll band in the world, The Rolling Stones have endured a career that has spanned well over half a century. Spawning an impressive catalogue of hits and albums, the band still boasts an army of loyal followers to this day.

The Rolling Stones

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Band origins

English rock band The Rolling Stones was formed in London in 1962. Taking the name from the song Rollin' Stone by Muddy Waters, the original band line-up included vocalist Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones on guitar, bassist Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts on drums and Ian Stewart on piano. Although band members came and went, by 1975 the group consisted of Jagger, Richards, Watts and Ron Wood on guitar.

Influenced by a bluesy/rock and roll vibe, the band began life by churning out 1950s classic songs composed by their idols. However, The Rolling Stones started to be compared to another legendary band of the 1960s, The Beatles, who wrote their own material. Jagger and Richards decided that in order to garner success in the music industry, they needed to start writing their own tracks, too.

In fact, during this era, The Rolling Stones were often pitted against The Beatles, but in many ways the two bands were quite different. While The Beatles, who liked to wear matching suits, exuded a respectable and charming persona, The Rolling Stones were seen as more rebellious, often getting in trouble with the law for their drug taking.

The first major original hit for The Rolling Stones came in 1965, with I Can't Get No Satisfaction. Other chart-toppers quickly followed, including Paint It Black, Get Off My Cloud and Jumpin' Jack Flash.

During their career, The Rolling Stones have released 30 studio albums and 120 singles, selling over 200 million albums worldwide.


Wild Horses

One particular song, Wild Horses, which was written by Jagger and Richards, has inspired countless cover versions over the years. Composed in 1969 and taken from the 1971 album Sticky Fingers, Wild Horses was ranked by Rolling Stone as in the top 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, in 2004.

There's some debate as to what, or who, inspired the song, Wild Horses. Some claim the song stems from Richards' regret at leaving his newborn son to go on tour. Others say that Jagger rewrote the song based on his failing relationship with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. His former flame stated that when she came out of a drug-induced coma in 1969, her first words to Jagger were 'wild horses couldn't drag me away'.

Wild Horses took three days to record at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama, although it wasn't released as a single for more than a year after, due to legal issues with The Rolling Stones' former record label. Pianist Ian Stewart chose not to perform on the track, as he didn't like the minor chords, so Jim Dickinson stepped in. Wild Horses reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, in June 1971.

Wild Horses has been extensively covered by many other artists. Most famously, The Sundays covered the song in 1992, of which their version became the soundtrack to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle also released a cover version in 2009 as the opening track of her I Dreamed a Dream album. Her version made it to number 9 in the UK charts and number 11 in Ireland.

The Rolling Stones are certainly notorious for their rebellious streak, and the track Wild Horses proves they're not ones to be tamed. If you own horses that are a little on the wilder side, you'll find that the exceptional quality rubber horsebox partitioning from Coruba should help to keep them comfortable and in check.

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