#triviatuesday - Which member of the Rolling Stones wrote the hit song “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in his sleep?
It’s TriviaTuesday! Can you answer the following question?
Q : Fifty-four years ago today, August 20, 1965, the Rolling Stones released their mega-hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in the United Kingdom. Which band member wrote the song in his sleep?
A : According to the book, “The Rolling Stones - All the Songs – The Story Behind Every Track,” vocalist/guitarist Keith Richards composed the song in his sleep during a Stones tour of North America in the Spring of 1965.
“‘I wrote ‘Satisfaction’ in my sleep,” Richards is quoted as saying. “I had no idea I’d written it...thank God for the little Philips cassette player...the miracle being that I looked at the cassette player that morning and I knew I’d put a brand-new tape in the previous night, and I saw it was at the end...
“Then I pushed rewind and there was ‘Satisfaction.’ It was just a rough idea...and forty minutes of me snoring...”
Eventually Richards played the song for lead singer Mick Jagger, “who, by the side of the swimming pool of the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel … in Florida, provided the lyrics...”
“...After undergoing a startling transformation – from acoustic folk song with harmonica...to electric rock number...’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was released as a single on June 6, 1965, in the United States...”
It’s been a universal anthem of angst ever since.
Source: “The Rolling Stones – All the Songs – The Story Behind Every Track” by Philippe Margotin and Jean-Michel Guesdon. First English edition published in October 2016 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. Available for checkout at MidPointe Library.
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