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"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
Single by the Rolling Stones
B-side "Who's Driving Your Plane?"
Released 23 September 1966 (1966-09-23)
Format 7-inch single
  • 3–11 August & 8 September 1966 (RCA)
  • 31 August 1966 (IBC)
  • RCA, Hollywood, California
  • IBC, London
Genre Rock
Length 2:33
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Andrew Loog Oldham
Rolling Stones UK singles chronology
"Paint It Black"
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
"Ruby Tuesday" / "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Rolling Stones US singles chronology
"Mother's Little Helper" / "Lady Jane"
"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?"
"Let's Spend the Night Together" / "Ruby Tuesday"
Rear cover
US single picture sleeve (rear)
US single picture sleeve (rear)

"Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" is a song by English Rock band the Rolling Stones. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was recorded in the late summer of 1966 during early sessions for what would become their Between the Buttons album. It was the first Stones' single to be released simultaneously (23 September 1966) in both the UK and the US, and reached number five and number nine on those countries' charts, respectively.

Recording and releases[edit]

It is the first Rolling Stones song to feature a horn section, which was arranged by Mike Leander. The group have said that they were unhappy with the final cut, bemoaning the loss of the original cut's strong rhythm section. It is also the first song Richards is said to have written on piano even though he does not play piano on the final cut. Jack Nitzsche, friend of the band and their occasional pianist, is credited in the session logs to piano, multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones is also credited in the logs for playing the piano. But when the band mimed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show on 11 September 1966, shorty before its release, Richards mimes the piano with Jones miming the guitar.[1]

The American picture sleeve includes a photo of the band dressed in drag. Peter Whitehead's promotional film for the single was one of the first music videos. The Stones only performed the song live over a span of twelve days during their 1966 tour. One live recording appears on Got Live If You Want It! (1966, US). In 1993, Jagger performed it in New York city during his only show promoting his solo album Wandering Spirit.

The song is included on several Rolling Stones' compilation albums, such as the British edition of Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) (1966), Flowers (1967, US), Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) (1969 US edition), and Forty Licks (2002, with the abbreviated title "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby?").



Chart (1966) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 17
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 9



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