The Rolling Stones Song Keith Richards Wanted To Make Without Mick Jagger

Childhood friends and classmates in the ’50s, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, became mates after they noticed they had similar tastes in music. They then became bandmates and played together on several occasions. On July 12, 1962, in London, they performed under the name of The Rollin’ Stones as a band and rapidly rose to fame.

Although they have been friends for a long time, Richards and Jagger faced severe problems throughout their friendship. They began hating each other in the 1980s, and Richards slammed Jagger with his sharp tongue. Despite the feud between them, The Rolling Stones members are now seemingly on good terms. However, in the 1980s, Richards wanted to work on one of the band’s songs without Jagger’s contributions, but things didn’t go according to his plans.

Keith Richards Wanted ‘All About You’ To Be His Sole Work

On June 20, 1980, The Rolling Stones released their fifteenth British and seventeenth American studio album titled ‘Emotional Rescue.’ Keith Richards sang a track titled ‘All About You’ on this album. The record’s closing song is solely Richards’ effort, although it’s credited to the writing collaboration of Jagger and Richards.

The song is a ballad about Richards’ romantic relationship with Anita Pallenberg between 1967 and 1979. On the other hand, some believe that the song is a sign of the broken relationship between Jagger and Richards because, at the time, Richards got clean from drugs and wanted more responsibility in the band, while Jagger resisted this idea.

‘All About You’s recordings took place between January and February 1979. Richards recorded the song’s bass, piano, electric guitar, and backing vocals with Ronnie Wood, while Charlie Watts played drums and Bobby Keys performed saxophone. So, the song had little to no contribution from Jagger at all.

In an interview in 2002, Richards recalled his relationship with Jagger in the 1980s and said they had pretty tough times. He then stated that he wrote ‘All About You’ at that time, so the song has traces of their relationship. Considering his relationship with the singer then and knowing that the song is solely Richards’ effort, it’s fair to say that he didn’t want to see Jagger’s name in the songwriting credits of ‘All About You.’

As reported by, the guitarist said the following in an interview:

I went through a very tough thing in the early ’80s with Mick. So you get some songs like ‘All About You,’ to name just one. There’s more on some of the X-Pensive Winos records.”

You can listen to the song ‘All About You’ below.