Frag­ile mem­o­ries

Col­lec­tor finds tape of Jag­ger-Si­mon duet more than 45 years af­ter it was recorded


LON­DON A lost Mick Jag­ger duet with Carly Si­mon has been found more than 45 years af­ter it was first recorded.

The song, ap­par­ently never heard in pub­lic, ap­pears to have been recorded in 1972 and was found re­cently on a tape owned by Rolling Stones col­lec­tor Matt Lee.

Be­lieved to be named Frag­ile, at least ac­cord­ing to Rolling Stones fan web­sites, the song is a slow love bal­lad that has Jag­ger and Si­mon seem­ingly sit­ting to­gether at a pi­ano and singing.

Si­mon spoke about the lost duet in an in­ter­view with Rolling Stone mag­a­zine about two years ago, say­ing the tape of the record­ing had been lost for decades.

“We had this lit­tle back and forth at the pi­ano for about an hour,” Si­mon says in the Rolling Stone in­ter­view, pub­lished Nov. 29, 2016, ac­cord­ing to the mag­a­zine’s web­site. She also sang a line of the song from mem­ory, “Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, how love can make you cry.”

That matches with Lee’s record­ing, ex­cept Jag­ger and Si­mon ap­pear to sing “change” in­stead of “cry.” Jag­ger does most of the singing, with Si­mon adding some har­monies. When the song ends, a fe­male voice be­lieved to be Si­mon’s gasps: “Good song.”

Si­mon and Jag­ger worked to­gether in 1972 when the Rolling Stones front­man sup­pos­edly sang backup vo­cals on Si­mon’s hit You’re So Vain. For many years, it was thought Jag­ger was the sub­ject of that song, but Si­mon has de­nied that.

Lee, an en­tre­pre­neur from Lon­don, de­clined to say where the tape of the song came from.

But he said he sent a digital copy of the song to Rolling Stone mag­a­zine be­cause ed­i­tors promised to give it to Si­mon.

“I’m not do­ing it for the money,” Lee said. “I’m a col­lec­tor. My mo­tive for send­ing it to Rolling Stone was to pass it to Carly.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Rolling Stones did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

While the song will be new to most lis­ten­ers, it is not com­pletely un­known to hard­core Stones fans. But it’s not ex­actly easy to find.

A snip­pet of the song, with its passage of Jag­ger re­peat­edly singing, “It’s funny, funny, funny,” is briefly heard in a scene in the pub­licly un­re­leased doc­u­men­tary about the 1972 Rolling Stones U.S. tour.

The name of the film is ob­scene in it­self, stem­ming from the ob­scene name of an ob­scene song the band recorded a few years ear­lier to ful­fil a record­ing con­tract they didn’t want to ac­tu­ally ful­fil.

In cleaner terms, and as a hint to the name of the tour movie, that song is of­ten re­ferred to as School­boy Blues.

The new find­ing comes two years af­ter an­other pre­vi­ously un­heard Rolling Stones song was un­cov­ered.

That song, No One Loves You More Than Me, is be­lieved to have been recorded in 1964 and was found in 2016. The tape of that song was re­port­edly sold.

The Rolling Stones, who wrapped up a tour of Bri­tain and Europe in July, have said they are work­ing on a new stu­dio al­bum. A short video clip of Jag­ger play­ing a guitar was posted on his In­sta­gram ac­count over the weekend.

Carly Si­mon

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