Music Diary – 6th December

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 6th December!

The Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (1968)

The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)

On the 6th December 1968 the legendary Rolling Stones album „Beggars Banquet“ was released by Decca Records (UK) and London Records (USA). The ten songs were recorded between March and July 1968 at the Olympic Studios in London and marked for The Rolling Stones the return to the Rock sounds after the psychedelic LP „Their Satanic Majesties Request“ (1967).

Jimmy Miller produced all tracks and he remembers about the difficulties of working with Brian Jones during the sessions:
„He shows up occasionally when he was in the mood to play, and he could never really be relied on: When he would show up at a session – let’s say he had just bought a sitar that day, he’d feel like playing it, so he’d look in his calendar to see if the Stones were in. Now he may have missed the previous four sessions. We’d be doing let’s say, a blues thing. He’d walk in with a sitar, which was totally irrelevant to what we were doing, and want to play it. I used to try to accommodate him. I would isolate him, put him in a booth and not record him onto any track that we really needed. And the others, particularly Mick and Keith, would often say to me, ‚Just tell him to piss off and get the hell out of here‘.“

Jeal-Luc Godard directed the documentary „Sympathy for the Devil„, which shows the recording process of the album. Here’s the official trailer:


The original cover for the album – a depicting a bathroom wall covered with graffiti – was rejected first by Decca records. So they had chosen this neutral design:

Beggars BanquetThe digitally remastered version was released years later with the original artwork. „Beggars Banquet“ became a milestone in Rock history and is considered as one of the best Stones albums. It features classic songs like „Sympathy for the Devil„, „Street Fighting Man“ and „No Expectations„.

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Music Diary – 13th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 13th November!

The Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster (1964)

On the 13th November 1964 the Rolling Stones single „Little Red Rooster“ was released. The single became a No. 1 hit in the UK. The song is a cover version of the Blues classic by Willie Dixon and it was also recorded by musicians like Howlin‘ Wolf and Sam Cooke.

The Rolling Stones recorded the song on 2nd September 1964 and it was produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. For the b-side the track „Off the Hook“ was chosen.


For the Rolling Stones biographer Sean Egan it was a „Brian Jones‚ record. He was always the biggest Blues purist in the band.“ And bass player Bill Wyman remembers the recording: „‚Little Red Rooster'“ was a slow, intense Blues song, totally uncommercial and wrong for our new-found fame. The tempo made the track virtually undanceable.“ And Mick Jagger recalls: „The reason we recorded ‚Little Red Rooster‘ isn’t because we want to bring Blues to the masses. We’ve been going on and on about blues, so we thought it was about time we stopped talking and did something about it. We liked that particular song, so we released it.“

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Music Diary – 4th November

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 4th November!

The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud

On the 4th November 1965, the Rolling Stones single „Get off of my Cloud“ reached No. 1 in the UK Singles chart and stayed there for three weeks. The follow up of the hit „(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction“ went also No. 1 in the US and Germany.

The UK version features „The Singer not the Song“ on the B-side, while the US edition has „I’m Free“ as the flip tune. „Get off of my Cloud“ was written by Mick Jagger/Keith Richards, produced by Andrew Loog Oldham and recorded in September 1965 at the RCA Studios in Hollywood. The single release happened on the 25th September 1965 in the United States. In the UK the song hit the stores on the 22nd October 1965.

In an interview with the music magazine Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger said about the song: „That was Keith’s melody and my lyrics. It’s a stop-bugging-me, post-teenage-alienation song. The grown-up world was a very ordered society in the early ’60s, and I was coming out of it. America was even more ordered than anywhere else. I found it was a very restrictive society in thought and behavior and dress.“

In the 2003 book „According to… The Rolling Stones„, Keith Richards says about it: „‚Get off of my Cloud‘ was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to ‚Satisfaction‘. We thought, ‚At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.‘ Suddenly there’s the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was ‚Get off of my Cloud‘.“

For The Rolling Stones it was after „The Last Time“ (March)  and „(I can’t get no) Satisfaction“ (September)  the third No. 1 in Great Britain in 1965.


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Music Diary – 6th May

Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 6th May!

satisfactinprofOn the 6th May 1965, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger worked on the legendary opening riff of „Satisfaction„. Keith recorded the very rough version of the legendary riff in a hotel room in Clearwater (Florida) before he fell asleep.

Keith Richards remembers, that the recording consisted of approximately two minutes of acoustic guitar before „hearing me drop the pick and starting snoring for the next forty minutes“.

The song was first recorded on 10th May 1965 at the Chess Studios in Chicago (feat. Brian Jones on harmonica). The Rolling Stones re-recorded the tune two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a slightly different beat and adding the „Gibson Maestro Fuzzbox“ to create a very special sound of the guitar riff. „(I can’t get no) Satisfaction“ was released on the 6th June 1965 in the USA following the 20th August 1965 for the UK. The track became one of the all-time greates rock songs ever recorded.


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