It was 47 years ago today (October 18th, 1974) that the Rolling Stones' released It's Only Rock N' Roll. The album marked the Stones' first without Jimmy Miller — their producer since 1968's Beggars Banquet — with production duties handled by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards under their joint pseudonym, "The Glimmer Twins." The album topped the Billboard 200 albums chart for one week, starting on November 23rd, 1974 and spent a total of seven weeks in the Top 10.
Although the set featured several cuts that reached extensive FM airplay, the album's two singles both failed to reach the Top 10, with the title track hitting Number 16 and it's followup, a cover of the Temptations' 1966 hit "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" only reaching Number 17.
The song "It's Only Rock N' Roll" grew out of a jam session between Jagger, David Bowie, soon-to-be Rolling Stone Ron Wood, his Faces bandmate Kenney Jones, and bassist Willie Weeks. Keith Richards reportedly wiped Wood's contributions off the master tape, replacing the guitar tracks and Wood's name on the songwriting credits. Jagger cut a deal with Wood, trading him full copyrights and credits for their other co-write — "I Can Feel The Fire" — so that he could keep the song and credit it as a Jagger/Richards original. "I Can Feel The Fire" — which Jagger sings on — can be found on Wood's 1974 solo debut, I Got My Own Album To Do.