The Rolling Stones Released "Tattoo You" On This Day In 1981

The Rolling Stones released what many people refer to as their last great album, "Tattoo You," on this day in 1981. With a tour looming, there wasn't a lot of time to put together a new album from scratch, so they decided to raid the vaults, quickly go into the studio, record some new vocals and instrumental sections, slide them into some of the best songs left in the can from 1972-79 and get a new album out there.

Then the Stones "secretly" rehearsed for their world tour out at Longview Farm recording studio in North Brookfield Ma. for weeks. I went to a party out there once and the place was beautiful, with acres of land. Reportedly spending a shocking at the time $2000 a day to have the place to themselves, sightings of Mick Jagger jogging around town started to surface.

On Sept. 14,1981, Little Boy Blue and the Cockroaches played to a crowd of 300 inside Sir Morgan's Cove in Worcester, while thousands waited outside for a chance to get in to see the Stones' not so secret warmup show. Two weeks later they would start their tour at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia with another album sitting in the top spot.

From the opening notes of "Start Me Up," through he chummy, "Waiting On A Friend," Tattoo You spent 9 weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Chart, their longest run ever.

Check out some of the photos from the Sir Morgan's Cove show here at

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