The Rolling Stones to Appear on Ian Stewart Tribute Album


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Spinner, Consequence of Sound, TwentyFourBit, NME, and other music outlets are reporting that The Rolling Stones will appear on a tribute album for Ian Stewart.

On March 8, British piano player Ben Waters will release Boogie for Stu, the proceeds of which will benefit the British Heart Foundation. Waters recently revealed that Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Jools Holland, and PJ Harvey (Waters' cousin) had contributed to the album. In a posting on his website, Waters also let it slip that Keith Richards had played guitar on three tracks and sang on one, while Mick Jagger had "played harmonica and sung fantastically on one track."

According to the band's fan site It's Only Rock N' Roll, original Stones bassist Bill Wyman will also appear with the band, plus Jools Holland and Ben Waters for a cover of Bob Dylan's "Watching the River Flow." The project will be produced by Glyn Johns. The Stones' management has neither confirmed nor denied the reports.

Often referred to as the "Sixth Stone," Stewart was the band's original keyboardist who was dismissed from their stage lineup in 1963 by then-manager Andrew Loog Oldham. He went on to become the road manager for the band and contributed keyboard and percussion parts to every Stones album from 1964-1986, with the exception of 1968's Beggar's Banquet.

Stewart died of a heart attack on Dec. 12 1985 at the age of 47.

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[Published on: 1/5/11]

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