Today in 1978, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Miss You’, the group’s eighth US No.1, was also a No.3 hit in the UK. The song was written by Mick Jagger after jamming with keyboardist Billy Preston during rehearsals for forthcoming club dates the Stones were playing.
The first single released from the album Some Girls. Jagger took a lead role on the album, mainly because Keith Richards had been arrested for drug possession in Toronto the previous year, and it was unclear what his sentence would be. Facing a maximum of life in prison, Keith had other things to worry about besides making an album. After this was released, the Canadian judge sentenced Richards to continue his addiction treatment and play a benefit concert for the blind.
The final recording features the Stones with new guitarist Ronnie Wood as well as a few other players. Touring keyboardist Ian McLagan, Harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue, and saxophonist Mel Collins can also be heard on the track.
The 12″ version of the song runs over eight minutes, and features additional instrumentation and solos, particularly on guitar. The version can be found in edited form on the album Rarities 1971–2003.
In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine rated “Miss You” number 498 in its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.