In late 1976, while in London, Keith Richards one night decided to go down to Island Studios. It being Christmas time, Keith decided to get into the holiday spirit by doing a version of one of his idols songs, Chuck Berry's 'Run Rudolph Run'. Het put a call into Ian Stewart to set up studio time, and he, Stu, and Canadian drummer Mike Driscoll, borrowed from Mick Taylor's band, headed down to Island for a jam session.
The recorded track then stayed idle for two years when in December, 1978 Richards decided to give Rolling Stones fans a Christmas gift with the release of 'Rudolph' and its flip side, Jimmy Cliff's 'The Harder They Come' (recorded in 1978 with Ron Wood, Charlie Watts and Ian McLagan). Read a little bit more on this underrated solo release right down here.
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