Little by Little (Rolling Stones song)

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"Little by Little"
Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album The Rolling Stones
A-side"Not Fade Away"
Released21 February 1964 (UK)
Recorded4 February 1964[1]
StudioRegent Sound, London
GenreRock and roll
LabelDecca F11845
Songwriter(s)Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector
Producer(s)Andrew Loog Oldham
The Rolling Stones singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Man"
"Little by Little"
"It's All Over Now"

"Little by Little" is a song by the Rolling Stones recorded on 4 February 1964.[1] Decca Records released it as the B-side to their version of "Not Fade Away" on 21 February 1964. The title stems from an identically titled track by Junior Wells and Earl Hooker, with the rhythmic similarity to "Shame, Shame, Shame" by Jimmy Reed, a song which was released the previous year.[1] Reed was not credited for the song, however, Phil Spector was given co-credit with "Nanker Phelge" (a pseudonym for songs credited to the whole group). The song is also included on their April 1964 debut album The Rolling Stones.

In April 1964, "Not Fade Away" became their first Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number three.[2]


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Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c Margotin, Philippe; Guesdon, Jean-Michel (2016-10-25). The Rolling Stones All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. Running Press. ISBN 978-0-316-31773-3.
  2. ^ "The Rolling Stones – Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  • Carr, Roy, The Rolling Stones, an Illustrated Record, New English Library, London 1976