The unknown story behind the Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” single

On June 12, 1965, the British rock band The Rolling Stones released a song that failed to convince its two main performers, who, after much altercation and alteration, finally agreed to record it. And that song, with its emblematic guitar riff and its  lyrics, “I Can’t Get no Satisfaction…”, marked an entire generation and became one of the most legendary songs in history. Yes, the band is The Rolling Stones, and its author guitarist Keith Richards, accidentally wrote it 54 years ago, returning to his tired hotel after a concert in Florida, USA. They didn’t hold their feet, but had to do something first, work on a tune that was fixed to them. “The miracle was that that Philips tape recorder stayed open to record. I went back to the bar again and there were two minutes of singing, and then another 40 minutes with me snoring,” he recalled. He was 21, and had only one passion, the blues and an idol, Jack Berry. That night he didn’t know he had created one of the biggest hits on the music scene, not even a single single. Even he himself wasn’t convinced that that phrase, which sounded like the echo of Chuck Berry’s “30 days,” could have a future. The next day, Richards showed the song to teammate Mick Jagger, and he shook his head, agreeing to work it out, but without being too convinced of the end result. The initial verse, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” became “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”, and the rest of the text began to flow easily into their minds. They are verses that perfectly express the image of the Stones in the distant 1965: young rebels, with great musical talent and tendency to create problems.

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