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"Bitch" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album Sticky Fingers, first released one week before the album as the b-side to its advancesingle, "Brown Sugar."[1] Despite not being used as an official single by itself, the tune has garnered major airplay from classic rock radio stations. With a bombastic use ofhorns, the track is not about a specific woman, but it instead focuses on how, in general, "love is a bitch".

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Bitch" was recorded during October 1970 at London's Olympic Studios, and at Stargroves utilising the Rolling Stones Mobilestudio.[2] The main riff used in the song bears similarity to both The Temptations' 1966 hit "Get Ready" and to Mott the Hoople's 1969 release "Rock and Roll Queen."



  • 1 Personnel
  • 2 Other releases
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


  • Mick Jagger — lead vocal
  • Keith Richards — electric guitar, vocal
  • Mick Taylor — electric guitar
  • Bill Wyman — bass guitar
  • Charlie Watts — drums
  • Bobby Keys — saxophone
  • Jim Price — trumpet
  • Jimmy Miller — percussion

Other releases[edit][]

  • Made in the Shade (1975)
  • Time Waits for No One: Anthology 1971–1977 (1979)
  • Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones (1993)
  • Singles 1971–2006 (2011)
  • GRRR! (2012)

Cover versions[edit][]

  • Herbie Mann (instrumental/LP London Underground[3]
  • Goo Goo Dolls [4]
  • Exodus [5]
  • Dave Matthews Band live on tour 2008 [6]