The Rolling Stones: “Mother’s Little Helper”

ALBUM: Aftermath

YEAR: 1966

WRITER: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Peaked at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Rolling Stones’ 1966 single “Mother’s Little Helper” was one of the first hit songs to take on the serious subject of prescription drug abuse. Mick Jagger says the song itself isn’t particularly serious. “It’s about drug dependence, but it’s in a very spoofy way. I don’t think as a songwriter you think of it, it’s just every day stuff that you observe and write about. There is a sort of naïvite to it, but there is a lot of humor in those songs. There a lot based on humor.”

Today (July 26th) is Mick Jagger’s 74th birthday.


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