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The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - OFFICIAL PROMO
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - OFFICIAL PROMO
Published: 2012/09/11
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THE ROLLING STONES - WAITING ON A FRIEND - Tattoo You (1981) HiDef :: SOTW #68
THE ROLLING STONES - WAITING ON A FRIEND - Tattoo You (1981) HiDef :: SOTW #68
Published: 2014/10/19
Channel: BERGO '45
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend ft Joshua Redman - Live OFFICIAL
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend ft Joshua Redman - Live OFFICIAL
Published: 2012/11/12
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones-Waiting On A Friend
Rolling Stones-Waiting On A Friend
Published: 2010/07/03
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Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend LIVE HD Tempe, Arizona
Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend LIVE HD Tempe, Arizona '81
Published: 2014/08/03
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The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a Friend
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a Friend
Published: 2007/09/27
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Pearl Jam - Waiting on a Friend (Pittsburgh
Pearl Jam - Waiting on a Friend (Pittsburgh '06)
Published: 2012/11/19
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The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - Lyrics
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - Lyrics
Published: 2012/06/02
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The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend (Tattoo You, 1981)
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend (Tattoo You, 1981)
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: SwooperMoonpie
Waiting on a Friend Lesson - Rolling Stones
Waiting on a Friend Lesson - Rolling Stones
Published: 2010/09/16
Channel: privettricker
ROLLING STONES: Waiting On A Friend (Early Version 1972)
ROLLING STONES: Waiting On A Friend (Early Version 1972)
Published: 2013/11/08
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Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend 1972
Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend 1972
Published: 2013/10/26
Channel: Anthony R.
Waiting On A Friend - The Mother Truckers Live @ Tuesday Plaza Concert Series Healdsburg, CA 8-16-16
Waiting On A Friend - The Mother Truckers Live @ Tuesday Plaza Concert Series Healdsburg, CA 8-16-16
Published: 2016/08/20
Channel: David Reed
Waiting on a Friend, The Flea Bitten Dawgs at UWC 2011
Waiting on a Friend, The Flea Bitten Dawgs at UWC 2011
Published: 2011/06/07
Channel: Flea Bitten Dawgs
Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones Video in 1987 starring JMU college buddies)
Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones Video in 1987 starring JMU college buddies)
Published: 2013/01/06
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Eddie Vedder - Waiting On A Friend - Hot Stove Cool Music, Boston (April 29, 2017)
Eddie Vedder - Waiting On A Friend - Hot Stove Cool Music, Boston (April 29, 2017)
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: mfc172
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - 2005
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend - 2005
Published: 2010/07/18
Channel: Jaggerzita
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: canalPOETAeATEU
Rolling Stones  Rehearsals - Waiting on a friend
Rolling Stones Rehearsals - Waiting on a friend
Published: 2009/05/17
Channel: starfuckstar
Waiting On A Friend by the Rolling Stones (with lyrics)
Waiting On A Friend by the Rolling Stones (with lyrics)
Published: 2013/09/08
Channel: BackToConstitution
WAITING ON A FRIEND Bigger Bang 2005-2007
WAITING ON A FRIEND Bigger Bang 2005-2007
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: The T Factory
Rolling Stones  "WAITING ON A FRIEND" (Tempe, Arizona, 1981)
Rolling Stones "WAITING ON A FRIEND" (Tempe, Arizona, 1981)
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: RollingStones50yrs
The Rolling Stones   Waiting on A Friend
The Rolling Stones Waiting on A Friend
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: Bernd Schneider-Marrenbach
Waiting on a Friend - The Rolling Stones
Waiting on a Friend - The Rolling Stones
Published: 2013/04/16
Channel: 5CinqSaisons
Bruce Springsteen is Waiting on a Friend
Bruce Springsteen is Waiting on a Friend
Published: 2015/07/09
Channel: clauditious
Waiting on a friend (Esperando a un amigo) - the rolling stones - Traducida
Waiting on a friend (Esperando a un amigo) - the rolling stones - Traducida
Published: 2011/03/11
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The Sights - Waiting On a Friend
The Sights - Waiting On a Friend
Published: 2010/09/19
Channel: MrPzhamz
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The Rolling Stones' "Waiting On A Friend" covered by Sun Soul Orchestra
Published: 2014/04/23
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Waiting on a Friend, pop up video by the Rolling Stones , 1981
Waiting on a Friend, pop up video by the Rolling Stones , 1981
Published: 2015/12/18
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Rolling Stones - Waiting On a Friend   (Live, No Security)
Rolling Stones - Waiting On a Friend (Live, No Security)
Published: 2015/07/19
Channel: RollingStones50yrs4
THE ROLLING STONES song # 5 "WAITING ON A FRIEND" LIVE @ WALDBÜHNE BERLIN 10-06-2014
THE ROLLING STONES song # 5 "WAITING ON A FRIEND" LIVE @ WALDBÜHNE BERLIN 10-06-2014
Published: 2014/06/12
Channel: AMM
(Karaoke)Waiting On A Friend(The Rolling Stones)
(Karaoke)Waiting On A Friend(The Rolling Stones)
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: Bitter Sweet Karaoke
Waiting on a Friend - Mick Adams and the Stones Cover - Pala Infinity Lounge- 6-14-14
Waiting on a Friend - Mick Adams and the Stones Cover - Pala Infinity Lounge- 6-14-14
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: Malcolm Shaw
Tim Ries -The Rolling Stones Project 2005 - Waiting on a Friend
Tim Ries -The Rolling Stones Project 2005 - Waiting on a Friend
Published: 2012/03/26
Channel: Tubomaker
THE ROLLING STONES - waiting on a friend
THE ROLLING STONES - waiting on a friend
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Ary Terong
My Morning Jacket-Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones cover)
My Morning Jacket-Waiting on a Friend (Rolling Stones cover)
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: Dori Vee
Karaoke Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones *
Karaoke Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones *
Published: 2014/11/14
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The Rolling Stones   Waiting on a friend  Live 1981
The Rolling Stones Waiting on a friend Live 1981
Published: 2012/06/13
Channel: CulturaVanguardista
Muziekminuut: Robbing Banks - Waiting On A Friend
Muziekminuut: Robbing Banks - Waiting On A Friend
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: DWDD
Waiting on a friend - Los Pericos
Waiting on a friend - Los Pericos
Published: 2011/01/16
Channel: Pablo Rodriguez
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a friend
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a friend
Published: 2010/01/07
Channel: MyTubeMusik
The Rolling Stones - Just Waiting on a Friend (Lyrics in description)
The Rolling Stones - Just Waiting on a Friend (Lyrics in description)
Published: 2013/01/17
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Pokemon Johto League Episode 232 Just Waiting On a Friend
Pokemon Johto League Episode 232 Just Waiting On a Friend
Published: 2016/10/07
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Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend (solo guitar)
Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend (solo guitar)
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: Seiichi Teramoto
Pearl Jam-Waiting on a friend (Stones cover) into Jeremy Cincinnati, Ohio 10-01-14
Pearl Jam-Waiting on a friend (Stones cover) into Jeremy Cincinnati, Ohio 10-01-14
Published: 2014/10/02
Channel: Jacob Russell
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a friend (Open G)
The Rolling Stones - Waiting on a friend (Open G)
Published: 2016/09/13
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Waiting On A Friend-Stones Cover
Waiting On A Friend-Stones Cover
Published: 2016/05/22
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Waiting on a Friend - ROLLING STONES
Waiting on a Friend - ROLLING STONES
Published: 2011/09/13
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Waiting on a Friend - Rolling Stones
Waiting on a Friend - Rolling Stones
Published: 2009/11/09
Channel: privettricker
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend {HD}
The Rolling Stones - Waiting On A Friend {HD}
Published: 2014/11/23
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"Waiting on a Friend"
Waitingonafriend2.jpg
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album Tattoo You
B-side "Little T&A"
Released 30 November 1981
Format 7"
Recorded 1972/1973 and 1981
Genre Rock
Length 4:35
Label Rolling Stones
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"Start Me Up"
(1981)
"Waiting on a Friend"
(1981)
"Hang Fire"
(1982)
"Start Me Up"
(1981)
"Waiting on a Friend"
(1981)
"Hang Fire"
(1982)
Tattoo You track listing

"Waiting on a Friend" is a song by the Rolling Stones from their 1981 album Tattoo You. Released as the album's second single, it reached #13 on the US singles chart.

History[edit]

Recording of "Waiting on a Friend" (as 'Waiting for a Friend') began in late 1972 through early 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica, during the Goats Head Soup sessions when the band still had Mick Taylor as a member. His guitar piece made it to the overdubbing sessions in April 1981 when the song was selected by Tattoo You producer Chris Kimsey as one the band could re-work for the album.

96-98 St. Mark's Place

In the liner notes to 1993's compilation album Jump Back, Mick Jagger said, "We all liked it at the time but it didn't have any lyrics, so there we were... The lyric I added is very gentle and loving, about friendships in the band." Jagger also had stated that the 1981 lyrics were contemplated for a future possible video, making the song the first Rolling Stones single to be packaged as a possible video for the emerging MTV channel.

The video, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (who also directed their 1968 special The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus), became very popular on MTV. Matching the song's lyrics, Jagger is seen waiting for Keith Richards in the doorway of an apartment block. The building, at 96-98 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan, is notable for appearing on the cover of Led Zeppelin's 1975 album Physical Graffiti. The two then walk down the street and enter the St. Mark's Bar & Grill where the other three band members are already drinking. Jagger sings the song to Richards and the video concludes with the band setting up for a gig at the back of the bar, ignored by the other patrons

The lyrics see a more mature side of singer Jagger represented. He speaks of setting aside women and vices in favor of making some sense of his life and finding the virtues inherent in true friendship:

The song is noted for its dreamy qualities brought on by the soft guitars, smooth rhythm, and Jagger's lilting refrain of "doo-doo-doo"'s. Stones-recording veteran Nicky Hopkins performs the track's running piano.[1] The Stones hired jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins to perform the solo on this song, as well as two others on the album. On his addition to the track, Jagger said in 1985:

"I had a lot of trepidation about working with Sonny Rollins. This guy's a giant of the saxophone. Charlie said, 'He's never going to want to play on a Rolling Stones record!' I said, 'Yes he is going to want to.' And he did and he was wonderful. I said, 'Would you like me to stay out there in the studio?' He said, 'Yeah, you tell me where you want me to play and DANCE the part out.' So I did that. And that's very important: communication in hand, dance, whatever. You don't have to do a whole ballet, but sometimes that movement of the shoulder tells the guy to kick in on the beat."[2]

Additional percussion, comprising claves, cabasa, güiro and conga, by Michael Carabello, was added during overdub sessions in April and June 1981.[3]

Release[edit]

Released as the second single after "Start Me Up," "Waiting on a Friend" became a radio staple in the US where it reached #13 on the singles chart in early-1982. It did not fare as well in Europe, reaching only #50 on the UK Singles Chart but as high as #9 in the Netherlands.

Although included on both Jump Back and the earlier Rewind (1971–1984), it was not included on 2002's Forty Licks but is present on 2012's GRRR!. A live performance with saxophonist Joshua Redman was recorded during the Bridges to Babylon Tour and released on the 1998 live album No Security and concert film Bridges to Babylon Tour '97–98. A 1981 performance of the song featured on Let's Spend the Night Together (film) (1983). The song was later used in the film The Normal Heart (2014).

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 44
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 50
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 13

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Janovitz, Bill. The Rolling Stones "Waiting on a Friend". allmusic. 2007 (accessed 19 May 2007).
  2. ^ "Tattoo You". Time Is On Our Side. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Complete Works of the Rolling Stones - Database". Nzentgraf.de. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Rolling Stones – Waiting on a Friend" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Rolling Stones: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Rolling Stones. Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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