Angie is from the Stones’ 1973 album Goat’s Head Soup. It is, along with Wild Horses, their most classic love song. Goat’s Head Soup was never as critically acclaimed as its predecessor Exile On Main Street, although I feel that Soup is the better album. Angie was the albums lead single, and a big hit. Rumours swirled as to who the subject of the song really was. The most popular theory was that she was David Bowie’s wife Angela. This myth has been debunked, for while Jagger and Bowie were quite good friends, Jagger was never close to Angie, and Angie herself writes that she did not really like Mick very much at all. Another theory is that the subject is Keith Richards’ daughter Angela, a baby at the time. However, Richards and Anita Pallenberg christened their daughter Dandelion, and she would later take the name Angela after the song, not vice versa.
Album cover shot by David Bailey. Definitely one of my favorite Stones’ covers, from one of my favorite photographers.