Tumbling Dice

Tumbling Dice is a rock song by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who was released on the The Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street in 1972 and at the same time as a single.

The piece is part of the repertoire of the Rolling Stones concerts. It was played in Vancouver first on 3 June 1972 at the Pacific Coliseum and lacked thereafter on any tour. There are five concert films of the Stones, in which the song is played, and two live versions on CD.

The song reached number 7 in the U.S. and # 5 in the UK charts.

The basic track was recorded on August 3, 1971 in the French Chateau Villa Nellcote near Villefranche -sur -Mer under difficult conditions. Mick Taylor, actually the guitarist of the band, playing bass since Bill Wyman was not present, and Mick Jagger played guitar. The band was under time pressure for the recording of the album Exile on Main Street. According to Keith Richards had Jagger the idea on the subject, because he had at this time some friends who were suffering from gambling addiction. According to the engineer Andy Johns on the Rolling Stones took over 100 takes of the piece for the album.

The song tells of a player who can be faithful to any woman. A cover version by Linda Ronstadt in 1978 made ​​it into the Top 40 of the charts. The piece was often gecovert, in styles like reggae, bluegrass and noise rock.

It was chosen by Rolling Stone magazine ranked 424 of the 500 best songs of all time.


  • Mick Jagger: vocals and guitar
  • Keith Richards: guitar
  • Mick Taylor: Bass
  • Charlie Watts: drums
  • Nicky Hopkins: piano
  • Bobby Keys: Saxophone
  • Jim Price: Trumpet
  • Keith Richards, Clydie King, Vanetta Fields: background vocals

Cover versions