Blue Turns to Grey

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"Blue Turns to Grey"
Song by The Rolling Stones
from the album December's Children (And Everybody's)
Released4 December 1965
Recorded6 September 1965
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
"Blue Turns to Grey"
Single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows
B-side "Somebody Loses" (Tepper/Bennett)
Released18 March 1966
Format 7" single
Recorded17 January 1966
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Norrie Paramor
Cliff Richard singles chronology
"Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)"
"Blue Turns to Grey"

"Blue Turns to Grey" is a song that was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The song first appeared in February 1965 when both Dick and Dee Dee and The Mighty Avengers released versions of it as singles. Another version was released shortly thereafter by Tracey Dey on Amy Records. On Dey's 45 record, the label credits the song to "K. Richard-A. Oldham" -- Oldham being the surname of the Rolling Stones' then-manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham. [1] It was released by The Rolling Stones on their 1965 album December's Children (And Everybody's) later that year.

Mick Jagger British songwriter, singer of The Rolling Stones

Sir Michael Philip Jagger is an English singer, songwriter, actor and film producer who gained fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over five decades, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll". His distinctive voice and performances, along with Keith Richards' guitar style have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band's career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.

Keith Richards British songwriter, guitarist of The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards is an English musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and co-principal songwriter of the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine called Richards the creator of "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him fourth on its list of 100 best guitarists in 2011, and the magazine lists fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger on its "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.

Dick and Dee Dee band

Dick and Dee Dee is an American singer-songwriter duo that reached popularity in the early to mid-1960s. The group was founded by California classmates Mary Sperling and Richard Gosting. They eventually changed their names to Deedee Sperling and Dick St. John. They had their first hit in 1961 when "The Mountain's High" reached No. 2 on the Billboard 100. They toured with the Beach Boys and opened for the Rolling Stones during the Stones' 1964 tour of California. Regulars on the show Shindig!, the duo had multiple hit songs before St. John and Sperling disbanded in 1969. In the 1980s, St. John toured with his wife, Sandy. Dick St. John died on December 27, 2003, after a fall at his home. Dee Dee Phelps began performing with actor/singer Michael Dunn as Dick and Dee Dee in 2008, appearing in large doo wop and rock and roll shows throughout the United States.


When Cliff Richard and the Shadows released their version as a single in March 1966 it became a hit in a number of countries. In the UK it reached number 15. [2] [3]

Cliff Richard British pop singer, musician, and actor

Sir Cliff Richard, is a British pop singer, musician, performer, actor and philanthropist. Richard has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has total sales of over 21 million singles in the United Kingdom and is the third-top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

The Shadows British rock group

The Shadows were an English instrumental rock group, and were Cliff Richard's backing band from 1958 to 1968 and have also collaborated again on numerous reunion tours. The Shadows have placed 69 UK charted singles from the 1950s to the 2000s, 35 credited to the Shadows and 34 to Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The group, who were in the forefront of the UK beat-group boom, were the first backing band to emerge as stars. As pioneers of the four-member instrumental format, the band consisted of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar and drums. Their range covers pop, rock, surf rock and ballads with a jazz influence.

Rolling Stones version


Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

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Brian Jones British multi-instrumentalist, founding member of The Rolling Stones

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Bill Wyman British bassist of The Rolling Stones

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Cliff Richard and the Shadows version

Chart performance

Chart (1966)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [4] 20
Israel [5] 1
Malaysia [6] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [7] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [8] 11
Singapore [6] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [9] 15

Other cover versions

Flamin' Groovies released a version of the song on their 1978 album, Flamin' Groovies Now [10]

Flamin' Groovies is an American rock music band that started in San Francisco in 1965, led by Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan. After the Groovies released three albums, Loney left the band in 1971. He was replaced as co-leader by Chris Wilson, and the band's emphasis shifted more toward British Invasion power pop. The band signed to United Artists Records in 1972 releasing three more singles until 1976. The Groovies then signed to Sire Records and released three albums between 1976-79, Shake Some Action, Now and Jumpin' in the Night. The album title also a single Shake Some Action became a power pop anthem and is revered by many including Greil Marcus in his book, The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs. Chris Wilson left the band in 1981. After a couple of limited reunions with different lineups, the 1970s nucleus of Jordan, Wilson, and Alexander reformed the group in 2013, and the band's first post-reunion album was released in 2017.

<i>Flamin Groovies Now</i> 1978 studio album by The Flamin Groovies

Flamin' Groovies Now is the fifth studio album by The Flamin' Groovies, released in 1978 and produced by Dave Edmunds, which marked a resurgence of the San Francisco band and brought them to international audiences informed by the post-punk ethic of simplicity that chimed with their classic West Coast melodic pop.

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