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.
Rolling Stones in the Sixties