Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording date: June-July 1970, October 1970 & December 1971-March 1972
Recording locations: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England; Rolling Stones Mobile Unit, Mick Jagger's home, Newbury, England
& Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, USA
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineers: Glyn Johns, Andy Johns & Joe Zagarino
Performed onstage: 1972-73, 1994-95, 1999, 2002-03, 2005-07, 2014, 2016
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards & Mick Taylor
Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Background vocals: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor & others
Harmonica: Mick Jagger
Piano: Ian Stewart
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
I wanted to release Sweet Virginia as kind of an easy listening single.
I can't remember if that was the actual first (Exile track we recorded in Nellcote). That would be beyond even my phenomenal memory. But I recall that Mick had Sweet Virginia prepared and ready to go. I have a feeling that we'd been playing around with that one on the last sessions. Maybe on Sticky Fingers, or whatever. So it was a work in progress.
I know it's rumoured that (Gram Parsons) sang backing vocals on Sweet Virginia but that's me singing, not him.
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