Marianne Faithfull Records With Billy Corgan

Former Smashing Pumpkins leader co-writes, produces tracks for rock grand dame's upcoming album.

Marianne Faithfull spent last week with Billy Corgan in a Chicago studio where the duo recorded three songs for her upcoming album.

The grand dame of rock 'n' roll, who last appeared on Metallica's "The Memory Remains," wrote the lyrics to two of the tracks, while the former Smashing Pumpkins singer wrote the music and produced them, Faithfull's manager, Francois Ravard, said. The third song is an obscure cover Ravard said they wanted to keep a surprise.

On March 22, Faithfull and Corgan performed Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" and the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" together at the Third Waltz Benefit in Chicago (see "Billy Corgan, Marianne Faithfull Glide Through Third Waltz"). Although Faithfull told local reporters she and Corgan were considering recording a Dylan cover, Ravard said they did not record one.

Several other notable artists, including Beck and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, have also recorded with Faithfull for the as-yet-untitled album, which Ravard said would likely be released in October.

Faithfull recorded two songs with Beck in a Los Angles studio more than a year ago. She also recorded two with Stewart, one each with English bands Blur and Pulp and one with French singer Etienne Daho. Ravard said all of the tracks are originals, but he would not release song titles.

After finishing the album, Faithfull is expected to mount a fall world tour, Ravard said.

Known as the former lover of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, Faithfull, 54, scored a hit in 1964 with her debut single, the Jagger/Keith Richards-penned "As Tears Go By." She spent much of '70s battling drug addiction, but reemerged in 1979 with the acclaimed Broken English.

Her latest album, Vagabond Ways, was released in 1999.