The Rolling Stones guitarist was one of 179 high-profile voters in the survey. They had to choose their top 20 singers in order, and the magazine has published some of the ballots on its Web site (http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gall ery/24160218/the_100_greatest_singers_in side_t/photo/1).
Richards' top pick was Aretha Franklin, who ended up coming in at No. 1 overall. His ballot included the usual suspects: collaborators (George Jones, Toots Hibbert), people whose songs he has covered (Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Holly), and old buddies (Gram Parsons, Tom Waits). And of course, he voted for himself at No. 20.
The so-called "Glimmer Twins" have had their issues in the past, breaking up the band in the 1980s, and even as recently as 2003 an infuriated Richards tried to push Jagger off the stage during a concert in Osaka for no apparent reason.
But Richards' manager Jane Rose -- each member has his own manager -- quickly doused any talk of a new rift.
"They are all getting on well," she wrote via email. "When Keith got the ballot he just thought his vote was for 'outside' the family. If Keith Richards did not think Mick was his favorite, they would not be the Glimmer Twins!"
So why the vote for himself? Richards sings two songs at every Stones show, an interlude that usually sends the uncultured masses to the beer stands. For the die-hards, it's the best thing about the show.
When Q magazine asked Jagger in 1989 if Richards' voice was one that only a mother could love, he diplomatically sidestepped the issue: "You said that, I didn't! Ask his mum! Ask Doris! That's it! I ain't saying any more!"
If there's any consolation for Mick, it's that Keith did not vote for a certain person with whom he has an even more complex relationship, Chuck Berry (No. 41 overall). But that's another can of worms...
Reporting by Dean Goodman
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