The Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday” is one of the band’s most famous ballads. A folk singer from the 1970s covered the track. Subsequently, the cover became a big hit in the UK.
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A folk singer explained why the press didn’t treat her the same as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin
Melanie is a folk singer who had some success in the 1970s, most notably with her song “Brand New Key”. During a 2021 interview with The Guardian, she explained why the press didn’t treat her as well as other singers such as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin. “I could speculate,” she said. “It was not the age of smiling women. It must have been a lot more moody and I was way too cherubic.
“Men can be cute,” she said. “Randy Newman can sing ‘Short People’ and it’s okay because he’s a guy, he’s got something to say. But a girl? How could she have any social significance?
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Melanie Doesn’t Consider Herself a Hippie, But She Covered the Rolling Stones’ ‘Ruby Tuesday’ Anyway
Melanie then discussed her life in the public eye. “There was a big gap between my reality and the reality of how I was perceived,” she said. “I was an introvert and all of a sudden I’m a celebrity. I knew I wasn’t presented the way I am.
Although she may be associated with the hippie generation, she doesn’t see herself that way. “I never even felt like a hippie, I didn’t like the term,” she said. “If anything, I was the beat generation – the people of the village expressing themselves in so many ways, without being pigeonholed.” Although she doesn’t identify as a hippie, she performed a hit cover of the Rolling Stones’ hippie “Ruby Tuesday.”
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How The Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday” And Its Cover By Melanie Fared On The UK Pop Charts
According to The Official Charts Company, the original “Ruby Tuesday” never charted in the UK. A live version reached #59 on the chart for two weeks. The live version of the song appeared on the album Flashpoint, which reached No. 6 in the UK and stayed on the charts for seven weeks.
Melanie’s version of the song was more popular in the UK. The Official Charts Company says the track reached No. 9 there and remained on the chart for five weeks. Melanie included her cover on the Candles in the Rain album. The album reached number five in the UK and lasted 31 weeks on the charts.
Melanie may not be as famous as the Rolling Stones, but her version of “Ruby Tuesday” topped a version by the band.
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