Run Rudolph Run

I've read at least four books about The Rolling Stones, but until a few months ago, I had no idea that Keith Richards first solo release wasn't Talk Is Cheap. That might not seem like a big deal to you, but I always considered myself a bit of a savant when it comes to music trivia. Not knowing that tidbit felt like a significant chink in my armor. What if that question had come up at trivia night and I didn't know the answer? I'd be humiliated.

So what was Keef's first solo release? A 1978 single that paired covers of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come." If that question comes up at your next trivia night, a) you owe me a beer, and b) your quiz master is asking questions that are WAY too hard.

Keith Richards - "Run Rudoph Run" (mp3)

UPDATE 12/11/07 - This track is now available on iTunes. And evidently the single was released twice with two different b-sides, because the flip side of this version is a cover Toots & the Maytals "Pressure Drop," recorded with the Maytals themselves (it too is available on iTunes).


I don't usually do this kind of thing (being more humble than clever) but maybe you'd care to check out arteeno dot com. (If you hadn't said you considered yourself a bit of a savant, I wouldn't have been tempted.)

But, hey... which artist was the most recent to release a cover of 'Rudolph' to radio?
I'm so glad you're not on my trivia team (although our music round is just identifying the artist, not questions about music) :)
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