Exile on Main St. is a studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones. It was first released as the band's first double album on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records and was the band's tenth studio album released in the United Kingdom, as well as their twelfth American album. Recording for the album began in 1969 in England during sessions for Sticky Fingers and continued in the summer of 1971 at a rented villa in the South of France named Nellcôte while the band lived abroad as tax exiles. Exile on Main St. contains frequently performed concert staples and was a number one charting album in six countries, including the UK, US, and Canada. It spawned the hit songs "Happy", a rare song that featured Keith Richards on lead vocals, country music ballad "Sweet Virginia", and world-wide top-ten hit "Tumbling Dice".