Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Ruby Tuesday”, released in January 1967, number 310 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
According to Keith Richards in a 1971 interview with the magazine, he wrote it in a Los Angeles hotel room in early 1966 about a groupie he knew, although he has also stated (in his autobiography, Life) that it was about Linda Keith, his girlfriend in the mid-60s.
Keith (Linda, not Richards) had begun two complicated relationships: one with rockstar Jimi Hendrix, and the other one with drugs. After leaving Richards, he tried to get her back and eventually went to her parents, telling them that she was going down a dark path. Linda’s father went to New York City to collect her and, by order of court, she was grounded. The artist reports that she regarded this as a betrayal, and they did not speak again for many years.
The song title was also the source of the restaurant chain of the same name.