Recording date: September 1964 Recording location: Regent Sound Studios, London
Producer: Andrew Oldham Engineer: Bill Farley
Performed onstage: 1964-65, 1976-77, 1986, 1989-90, 1997-98, 2002-03, 2013
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Brian Jones
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Harmonica: Brian Jones
see my little red rooster, please drive
If you see my little red rooster, please drive him home
Ain't had no peace in the farmyard since my little red rooster's been gone
I don't see why we should have to conform to any pattern. After all, wasn't Not Fade Away different from It's All Over Now? We try to make all our singles different, and so far every one has been in a different tempo. This time, I didn't want to do a fast beat number. If the fans don't like it, then they don't like it. I like it. It's a straight blues and nobody's ever done that. Except on albums. We thought just for a change we'd do a nice, straight blues on a single. What's wrong with that?... Course (it's) suitable for dancing. Charlie's drumming makes it good for dancing - you can double up the beat for dancing, I reckon.
I still dig Little Red Rooster, but it didn't sell.
It's crackers (laughs). You know, it's crazy. I mean, that was a weirdo thing, 'cause we could've done anything at that time and it would've been Number One. That was the point.