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Rolling Stones songs: I Can’t Quit You Baby
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Yes, you know I love you, baby/ You know my love for you I never hide…

Written by: Willie Dixon
Recorded: British Grove Studios, London, England, Dec. 11, 14–15 2015
Guest musicians: Chuck Leavell (keyboards), Matt Clifford (keyboards), Eric Clapton (guitar)
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012

From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
The last track on the Rolling Stones album Blue & Lonesome is “I Can’t
Quit You Baby.” Recorded on December 14, 2015, during the penultimate
recording session, it features Eric Clapton as guest star. This song has an
unusual history. It was the first composition by Willie Dixon for Cobra
Records (established by Eli Toscano in 1955) and the first recording made
by Otis Rush (almost certainly in July 1956) with Wayne Bennett (guitar),
Big Walter Horton (harmonica), Red Holloway (tenor sax), Lafayette Leake
(piano), Willie Dixon (double bass), and Al Duncan (drums). Best of all, the
track reached number 6 on the Billboard R&B charts in October 1956—the
only real commercial success of Otis Rush’s career.
Willie Dixon took his inspiration for the song “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
from Otis Rush’s personal life and the difficult patch he was going through
at that time. This may explain the intense emotion expressed by Rush’s
singing and guitar playing. Since that time, this song has given rise to
several very successful versions, particularly by Little Milton and Johnny
Shines. And we should not forget, of all versions, the one recorded by Led
Zeppelin on their first album!

This is Ron Wood’s favorite song from the Blue & Lonesome album. Here
Ron gets to share the guitar solo with one of the masters of the genre—Eric
Clapton. Instead of using his own Stratocaster, Clapton borrowed one of
Keith Richards’s semi-hollow body guitars. Clapton’s guitar playing is
inspired, and his contribution here shows his fame is deserved. He is quite
simply the master, but praise must also go to Ron Wood, who is worthy to
stand alongside Clapton, proving that the stripes earned through long
service to the Stones are well deserved. Keith Richards keeps a fine rhythm
going on guitar, bluesy but every now and then jazz influenced. The groove
of the rhythm section supports the group, Charlie Watts and Darryl Jones
playing as one. Chuck Leavell introduces, as always, some delightful
moments for piano (2:44). Mick Jagger’s warm reception of the different
solos is an indication of the pleasure he finds in this opportunity to perform
among friends

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