Rolling Stones songs: Down the Road Apiece
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Well there’s a place you really get your kicks/ It’s open every night about twelve to six…
Written by: Don Raye
Recorded: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA, June 10-11 1964
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
Don Raye, a vaudeville artist and songwriter, wrote “Down the Road
Apiece” for the musicians of the Will Bradley/Ray McKinley Orchestra,
who recorded it with some success in 1940 as the Will Bradley Trio. This
typical boogie-woogie number praising the talent of a group of phenomenal
musicians and a club that is open every night about twelve to six was
subsequently covered by many other artists including Amos Milburn in
1946 and Chuck Berry, who transformed it into a rock ’n’ roll anthem, in
And it is from the Chuck Berry version that the Rolling Stones (after
Manfred Mann before them) took their inspiration during the recording
session in Chicago on June 11, 1964. Keith Richards in particular
demonstrates that he has already learned everything there is to know about
the guitar style of Chuck “Johnny B. Goode” Berry, while Ian Stewart
remains true to the older boogie-woogie tradition.
“Down the Road a Piece” is a boogie-woogie song written by Don Raye. In 1940, it was recorded by the Will Bradley Trio and became a top 10 hit in the closing months of the year. Called “a neat little amalgam of bluesy rhythm and vivid, catchy lyrics”, the song was subsequently recorded by a variety of jazz, blues, and rock artists.
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