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Rolling Stones songs: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

A ten year old girl on a street corner/ Sticking needles in her arm…

Written by: Jagger/Richard
Recorded: Dynamic Sounds Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, Nov. 25-Dec. 21 1972; Villa Recorders, Los Angeles, USA, Jan. 13-15 1973; Island Recording Studios, London, England, June 1973
Guest musicians: Bobby Keys (sax), Billy Preston (backing vocals, piano, synthesizer, clavinet), Rebop (congas), Pascal (percussion), Jim Horn (sax), Chuck Findley (trumpet), Jim Price (horn arrangement)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From Wikipedia:
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” is the fourth track on the Rolling Stones‘ 1973 album Goats Head Soup.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song’s lyrics relate two stories: one is a story of New York City police shooting a boy “right through the heart” because they mistook him for someone else, and the second of a ten-year-old girl who dies in an alley of a drug overdose. Neither of these events are known to be factual. However, it is certainly possible that Jagger incorporated into the lyrics some elements of a notorious police shooting that took place around the time the song was released.

In April 1973 a ten-year-old boy named Clifford Glover was with his father when plainclothes police stopped them at gunpoint in Queens, in New York City, supposedly having mistaken the two for suspects in an armed robbery (the robbers were described as being about one foot taller than the boy). The boy and his father ran, fearing that they were about to be victims of a robbery. The police chased them and one officer shot the 10-year-old boy in the back, killing him. The bullet entered Glover’s lower back and emerged at the top of his chest (i.e., went through his heart). The case resulted in riots and a murder indictment against the officer, who was later acquitted in a jury trial.

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
There are two tragic deaths in “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”:
that of a young boy in New York as the result of a police error and that of a
ten-year-old girl from an overdose at the corner of a dirty alleyway with no
one to help her. It is likely that Mick Jagger found his inspiration for this
song in real-life events.

In April 1973, while the Stones were recording Goats Head Soup, there was
a report in the press about a ten-year-old boy shot dead in Queens by police
officers who had mistaken him for a fleeing thief, even though he was with
his father. Jagger clearly intended to reflect the climate of violence in the
United States, and New York in particular. He unambiguously accuses the police
officers of being trigger-happy, heartbreakers in the literal sense of the term.
“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” was released as a single in December 1973
(with “Dancing with Mr. D.” as the B-side). It peaked at number 15 in the
United States on February 23, 1974, but did not chart anywhere else (either
in Europe or the United Kingdom)

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