Hey, Beatles! Take a break! We’ve got you covered today with a rival band you guys know a bit about. In fact, you HELPED them launch their recording career.

rollingstonesiwannabeyourman Behind The Hits on Rolling Stones WednesdayAs I’ve heard the story Behind The HitsJohn and Paul were invited to a Rolling Stones recording session. They sat in the corner writing while Mick and Keith were chatting each other up.  Before you could say “Bob’s your uncle” (what DOES that mean?) the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles [/lastfm] have written a song for the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm]!

The future  Bad Boys of Rock & Roll wasted no time in getting the gift recorded. “I Wanna Be Your Man” was put on tape in October 1963. Less than a month later it was pressed on shiny new vinyl and in the UK record stores, where it sold enough to get to #12 on the UK charts.

Meanwhile, the Fab Four also recorded it as an album cut and released three weeks after the Stones. So in essence the Beatles covered themselves. Ringo sang the song on With The Beatles and although he rocked it,  he didn’t come close to the raw edginess of Mick’s singing. And most critics agree the Stones played the hell out of it, especially with Brian Jones wailing on slide guitar.

BUT… the lads from Liverpool may have had the last larf (laugh). John was later quoted as saying:

“It was a throwaway… We weren’t going to give them anything great, right?”


You be the judge!


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