WASHINGTON • In singer-songwriter Carly Simon’s 2015 memoir, Boys In The Trees, she recalled an early-morning studio session in 1972, when she went to the restroom to repair her hair and returned to seek out Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger sitting on the piano.
He started testing out a music, which included the lyrics, “Funny, funny, funny, funny/how love can make you cry”.
He checked out Simon, then again on the piano keys. She turned flushed.
“I harmonised with him as it became a chorus, an improvisation that was later searched for and never found among the multi-tracks at AIR Studios,” Simon wrote.
Never found – till, maybe, now.
A brand new duet, by no means earlier than performed in public, was just lately found on a tape owned by Mr Matt Lee, a Rolling Stones collector in London, Associated Press (AP) reported. The music goes by the title, Fragile, AP stated, citing Rolling Stones fan web sites.
The lyrics recalled by Simon match Mr Lee’s recording, although the 2 appear to croon the phrase “change”, not “cry”.
As the closing notes ring out, a feminine voice utters a pant: “Good song,” Simon affirmed.
Mr Lee stated he despatched a duplicate of the music to Rolling Stone journal, which instructed him it will transmit it to Simon.
In an interview with the journal in 2016, Simon stoked hypothesis concerning the long-lost duet.
She sang the road she had put in her ebook, asking, “Does that sound like any Stones song to you?”
The interviewer recommended Fool To Cry, a brooding 1976 ballad that finds Jagger looking for solace from his daughter, then his lover. Both rebuff him, deeming him “a fool to cry”.
“Maybe, maybe,” Simon stated. “We had this little back and forth at the piano for about an hour.”
But then, former Beatle Paul McCartney and his spouse Linda arrived, she stated, and the spontaneous collaboration was over. She stated she didn’t know what occurred to the recording.
Although Mr Lee declined to inform AP the place the tape got here from, he did supply a overview of the duet on Twitter, writing, “It’s super great!”
According to AP, a small a part of the music, together with the “funny, funny, funny” lyrics that Simon remembered, can briefly be heard in a documentary concerning the 1972 Rolling Stones tour. The documentary has by no means been publicly launched.
Mr Lee made his discovering two years after No One Loves You More Than Me, recorded by the Stones in 1964 and apparently offered at an public sale, was positioned. The band completed a European tour final month and stated a brand new album is within the works.