By Christopher Scapelliti
The Rolling Stones have released a new track from their upcoming blues album, Blue and Lonesome—a cover of Little Walter’s “Hate to See You Go.”
“Hate to See You Go” was originally released in 1955 and is one of several Little Walter covers included on the album. The Rolling Stones previously released a teaser of the Blue and Lonesome track “Just Your Fool,” which Little Walter cut in 1960 (the recording was not released until 1962).
Little Walter was a great influence on the Rolling Stones’ early sound and, particularly, on Mick Jagger’s harmonica playing.
“Little Walter Jacobs was one of the best singers of the blues and a blues harp player par excellence. I find it hard to listen to him without awe,” Richards wrote in his 2011 memoir, Life. “His band the Jukes were so hip and sympathetic. His singing was overshadowed by the phenomenal harp, which was based on a lot of Louis Armstrong‘s cornet licks. Little Walter would smile in his grave for the way Mick Jagger plays.”