My favorite Rolling Stones album turns 43 today! Released June 9, 1978, Some Girls went to number one on the chart and became the band's top-selling album in the United States. Many consider it a classic return to form and their best album since 1972's Exile on Main St.
Some Girls was the Stones' response to what was happening in the charts and on turntables around the globe with the emergence of punk and disco records. Mick Jagger loved what he heard at New York's famed Studio 54, and brought those influences into the recording studio, resulting in the monster summer hit of '78 and instant classic, “Miss You, which remains the Stones’ last single to top the charts.
If you own the original die-cut album cover design, consider yourself lucky! The design was challenged legally when Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe threatened to sue for the use of their likenesses without permission. The album was quickly re-issued with a redesigned cover that removed all the celebrities except ex-Beatle George Harrison.
The Stones toured the US in support of Some Girls' during June and July 1978. Check out this performance of "Beast Of Burden" recorded live in Fort Worth at Will Rogers Auditorium. Were you there?