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In 1964, Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham penned a number called “I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls,” a song the Rolling Stones recorded with the title “I’d Much Rather Be With the Boys” in 1965, which appeared on the 1975 compilation record “Metamorphosis.” Richards wrote it with Ronnie Spector in mind and now decades later, she’s resurrected it for her new album “English Heart,” her first collection of new recordings in 10 years. The song premieres on Speakeasy today. “I thought it made sense for a woman to sing ‘I much rather be with the girls today,” she says. “And knowing Keith and Andrew so well, it felt right.”
Other British acts that Spector covers on “English Heart” include the Beatles (“I’ll Follow the Sun”), the Kinks (“Tired of Waiting”) and the Animals (“Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”).
Of course, Spector and Richards have a history that extends long past those early days. Richards wrote about their romantic encounters in his autobiography “Life,” contributed to her last album, 2006′s “Last of the Rock Stars,” and inducted the Ronettes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2010, shortly after “Life” was published, Spector told the San Francisco Chronicle “I should have married Keith. Our kids would have had great hair.”
But it was getting back in the studio for this latest album that rekindled memories of her early days with the influential girl group and her time spent with the young Rolling Stones. “[Keith and I] met on the Ronettes first U.K. tour in January of ‘64, which we headlined,” she says. “We met the Beatles first, they saw us on ‘Live from the London Palladium’ and said ‘We have got to meet those girls with the long black hair’ and we became good friends. Then we left London a few days later to start our tour and met these scruffy looking lads, the Stones. I don’t want to blow their image, but they were sweethearts!”
“English Heart” is out April 8 on 429 Records. Listen to “I’d Much Rather Be With the Girls” below: