The Rolling Stones Begin Three-Day Recording Session of 'Satisfaction'
In the spring of 1965, England’s newest hitmakers, the Rolling Stones, embarked on a barnstorming tour of the United States, journeying from coast to coast.
One night, poolside at a small hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards pulled out his guitar and played for Mick Jagger a guitar figure that had come to him. “I’d woken up in the middle of the night,” Richards later recalled, “thought of the riff, and put it straight down on a cassette. In the morning, I still thought it sounded pretty good.” Upon playing it for him, the story continues, Richards said to Jagger, “The words that go with this are: I can’t get no satisfaction.”
The summer of 1965 was full of singles still heard blasting from stereos today -- including "Help Me, Rhonda" by The Beach Boys, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds and "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.
But they all were overshadowed "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The single won a gold record award by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 500,000 copies, giving the Stones the first of many gold discs in the United States.