Jumpin’ Jack Flash

The Friday Cocktail Hour began life as a place where torch songs went to smolder. Subsequently, it’s been all over the musical map. It’s time to rock with The Rolling Stones.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote Jumpin’ Jack Flash as a standalone single in 1968. It quickly became a fan favorite and staple of the band’s set lists. It’s my favorite Stones opener. Who among us doesn’t love this opening line, “I was born in a crossfire hurricane.”

We begin with the act that styles itself as the world’s greatest rock and roll band. Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.

Johnny Winter blew the roof off the Fillmore East with this early cover:

Peter Frampton slowed the tempo down on his debut solo album. He was still “raised by a toothless, bearded hag.”

Aretha Franklin recorded a souped up version of the Glimmer Twins classic in 1986:

Terence Trent D’Arby live. Say no more.

Former Stones lead guitarist Mick Taylor recorded this hard rock version of the Jagger-Richards classic in 1990.

Finally, Rodney Crowell countryfies Jumpin’ Jack Flash. It’s still a gas, gas, gas.

I don’t care for any of the instrumental versions, so we’ll close things out with the Stones live in Argentina:

That’s it for this week. Let’s toast the lack of crossfire hurricanes so far this year. It’s what Mick, Woody, Charlie, and Keith would want. Never argue with them.