Keith Richards helped Aretha Franklin with her cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” on 1 condition
- Aretha Franklin covered “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones.
- Keith Richards appeared in its cover music video.
- Both versions of the song appeared in a movie starring Whoopi Goldberg.
Aretha Franklin covered “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones. Afterwards, Keith Richards said he would appear in his music video for the song under one condition. He also revealed what he thought of Franklin as a pianist.
Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones compared Aretha Franklin to Mick Jagger in a way
The book Keith Richards on Keith Richards: Interviews and Encounters includes an interview from 1989. In it, Richards discussed his collaborations with Mick Jagger. “Having worked separately for a few years, we both learned and developed slightly different styles, so we’re like, ‘OK, you do that one,'” he said.
“Mick plays a lot of guitar on this album,” he said. “He’s a good rhythm player. I sing two or three songs. He sings more rhythmically when he plays, much like Aretha Franklin.
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Keith Richards appeared in the video for Aretha Franklin’s cover of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ since she was playing the piano
Afterwards, Richards discussed Franklin’s talent. “If you can get her to play the piano and sing at the same time, you get that extra kick,” he said. “When I worked with her on the ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ video, I told her I would appear but only if she played the piano and sang.
“She said, ‘No one has asked me to do this in ages’ and then she said she couldn’t fly anywhere because her fear was too great, and I said, ‘ It’s okay, you play the piano and I’ll take the band to Detroit and I’ll do it there, so it was a 50-50 deal,” he said.
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How ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and the Aretha Franklin cover performed on the US pop charts
The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. The Rolling Stones put the song on the compilation album Hot Rocks 1964–1971which reached #4 on the Billboard 200. The album lasted 396 weeks on the charts, making it by far the band’s most successful compilation album in the United States.
Franklin’s cover peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks. The tune appeared on the album Aretha. Notably, Aretha was Franklin’s third album with the same title. The album peaked at number 32 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the charts for 39 weeks. Notably, both versions of the song appeared in the film Jump Jack Flash with Whoopi Goldberg.
The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was a hit, and Franklin’s cover kept the song relevant.
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