The Rolling Stones performs “Gimme Shelter” on Ed Sullivan

The Rolling Stones performed “Gimme Shelter” from their then-new album “Let It Bleed” on Ed Sullivan’s Show back in 1969. Additionally, the audience’s shrieking girls made them nearly inaudible.

Gimme Shelter

The song “Gimme Shelter” was originally recorded for the 1969 album “Let It Bleed”‘s opening track. Even though the album’s title was originally spelled as “Gimmie” for the first time, subsequent recordings of the band and other musicians used the standard spelling for “Gimme.” It was first seen live in 1969 on the British musical television series Pop Go The Sixties.

The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, with the singer and guitarist contributing equally to its creation. While Jagger was filming Performance, his first role in a motion picture, Richards was in London working on opening the song.

Richards’ guitar intro is followed by Jagger’s singing to start the song. In a 1995 Rolling Stone interview, Jagger stated during the album’s recording: “Well, it’s a very rough, very violent era. It was a very rough, very violent era, the Vietnam War, the violence on the screen, the looting and the fires, and Vietnam was not a conventional war as we knew …) concludes on the song: “That’s a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It’s apocalypse; the whole record’s like that. “(“This is a kind of end-of-the-world song, really. It’s the apocalypse, the whole album is like this.”)

The song’s lyrics describe taking cover from the approaching hurricane while simultaneously describing social disaster and destruction and highlighting the strength of love.

Merry Clayton, a gospel singer from Los Angeles, was invited to finish a second vocal frequency in high-pitched notes. Regarding his involvement, Jagger stated in the Rolling Stones book 2003, “The use of the female voice and idea of producer Jimmy Miller.” After a solo run by Richards, Clayton performs on his own in one of the most well-known songs, yelling “Rape, Murder; It’s just a shot, it’s just a shot (Rape, Murder, it’s just a shot from afar, it’s a shot away),” and then screaming one last stanza.


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