In cerebration of both its 40th anniversary and Record Store Day 2018, on November 23rd, Keith Richards‘ 1978 debut solo single “Run Rudolph Run” will be released as a special 12-inch vinyl release. The disc is backed with its original B-side, a cover of Jimmy Cliff‘s 1972 hit “The Harder They Come,” and a 2003 recording of Richards with Toots & The Maytals performing “Pressure Drop,” that was first released when the single was issued digitally back in 2007.
Chuck Berry’s classic single of “Run Rudolph Run was originally released in 1958. Over the years, the holiday classic — which is also known as “Run Run Rudolph” — has been recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dave Edmunds, Bryan Adams, Jimmy Buffett, Sheryl Crow, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, among others.
Keith Richards — perhaps Chuck Berry’s most ardent admirer — continues to inject Berry’s style and energy into the his and the Rolling Stones‘ work even through today: [“Chuck Berry — I always felt that I owed the man, y’know, an incredible debt for his music and for the fact of turning me on (laughs). And at the same time, I just thought Chuck was the epitome of what archetypal rock n’ roll should be. Great songs. Incredible beat. Lyrics — they always got a little joke, or two, in them. Nothing’s too serious. And also, that magical, sort of roll. I guess I gotta say that beautiful bounce and fly on the beat that was very jazz-like. It seemed to be a continuity between. . . I mean other people sort of thinking rock n’ roll was new, I knew it was (as) old as the hills.”] SOUNDCUE (:45 OC: . . . as the hills)