54 years ago today (May 10th, 1965) that the Rolling Stones began recording their signature tune “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” at Chicago’s Chess Studios.
Co-Writer of the tune, Keith Richards began writing the song on May 7 in Clearwater, Florida. He woke in the middle of the night with the idea of the original eight-note riff in his head and recorded it on a tape player. According to Richards, the tape contains 15 seconds of music and 45 minutes of him snoring.
The next day Keith played the tape for Mick Jagger with the instructions of “The line that goes with this riff is ‘I can’t get no satisfaction.” The final product was a set of lyrics that were considered to risque for 1965.
Notwithstanding ‘Satisfaction’ would on the Billboard Top 40 on June 19th, 1965 and hit Number One on July 10, staying there for 4 weeks. The song has become a staple for the band’s live set and has even been covered by a number of artist including Devo and Britney Spears.
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