Song History: Rolling Stones-Angie (1973)
The romantic rock composition "Angie" by The Rolling Stones became a harmonious addition not only to the record «Goats Head Soup»but also the entire work of the cult musical group. For forty years, fans continue to build theories and assumptions, trying to unravel – who is this Angie, who is the song dedicated to? The history of creating a track has many gaps, looks confusing and unclear, because the comments of people who are somehow connected with it are noticeably different, and sometimes completely contradict each other.
Who is the song dedicated to?
It is worth starting with the fact that the recording time of the song fell on 1972-th year. It was then that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began composing a poignant and moving ballad about their relationship ending. It is known that the name of the composition was suggested by Richards. A few months earlier, his first daughter, who was named Angie, was born. It is silly to assume that the musician dedicated such a deep and rich text of different images to his newborn child. However, this female name was definitely on his mind, haunting him, and was soon used as a title for a track.
At the same time, the word «angie» often used in slang english for detecting heavy drugs. Later in his autobiography, Richards admitted that the track was created by him as a kind of farewell to heroin addiction, a starting point for a new life. So, according to one version, he came up with the name of the song while still in rehabilitation in Switzerland.
A number of fans of the band are sure that the song is dedicated to the former wife of David Bowie-Angela. She has repeatedly shared memories of catching her own husband in bed with Jagger. This incident suggested that the song was an attempt by Mick to appease the girl, to convince her not to make what she saw public. However, the name Angie still suggested Richards, and therefore these speculations look very dubious and implausible.
Other versions are also popular. So, some of them indicate that "Angie" was written in honor of the Hollywood actress Angie Dickinson, others – the famous designer Andy Warhol.
Most likely, the heroine of the song does not have a real prototype. But does it really matter? Despite all the rumors and gossip swirling around "Angie", she managed to soar to the top Billboard Hot 100to reach number five on the UK Singles Chart, as well as hold a leading position in the Australian and Canadian music charts for more than four weeks.