Tallahassee Lassie

Composers: Stay, Crewe & Picariello            Original performer: Freddy Cannon (1959) 
Recording date: August-September 1978 & August-September 2011
Recording locations: RCA Studios, Los Angeles, USA; La Fourchette, PocÚ sur Cisse, France; Electric Lady Studio, NY and/or Berkeley Street Studios, Santa Monica, USA 
Producers: The Glimmer Twins, Chris KimseyDon Was           Chief engineers: Chris Kimsey, Krish Sharma & Matt Clifford
Mixer: Bob Clearmountain                     
Never performed onstage



Line-up:


Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Electric guitars: Keith Richards (incl. solo) & Ron Wood
Vocals: Mick Jagger
Piano: Ian Stewart
Handclaps: Mick Jagger, Don Was & John Fogerty

(Note: actually a post-'78 tour/early EMOTIONAL RESCUE outtake)

Well she comes from Tallahassee
She got a hi-fi chassis
Yeah it looks a little sassy
Yeah, to me she's real classy

She's my Tallahassee Lassie
Down in F-L-A

Well she dances to the Bop, she dances to the Stroll
She dances to the Walk, she can rock and roll

She's my Tallahassee Lassie, yeah
Tallahassee Lassie
She's my Tallahassee Lassie
Down in F-L-A

Well she dances to the Bop, she dances to the Stroll
She dances to the Walk, whoo! she can rock and roll


She's my Tallahassee Lassie, ah yeah
Tallahassee Lassie
She's my Tallahassee Lassie
Down in F-L-A

Well she comes from Tallahassee
She got a hi-fi chassis
She maybe looks a little sassy
To me she's real classy

She's my Tallahassee Lassie
Down in F-L-A


Well she's my Tallahassee Lassie
Down in F-L-A

 
 
TrackTalk

This is a song made famous by Freddy Cannon. The original version we did at the time of Some Girls sounds like it was recorded in a wind tunnel. It now sounds like we're coming towards the end of the tunnel. Quite funky. I left it alone. Didin't do anything new, except add some handclaps - which is very close to the feel of the original.
- Mick Jagger, 2011


The groove (in Brown Sugar) is slightly similar to Freddy Cannon, this rather obscure '50s rock performer - Tallahassee Lassie or something. Do you remember this? She's down in F-L-A. Anyway, the groove of that - boom-boom-boom-boom-boom - is going to a go-go or whatever, but that's the groove.
- Mick Jagger, 1995



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