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The Rolling Stones: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
The Hook: Then-bassist Bill Wyman says everyone in the band except Mick Jagger and Keith Richards thought it was a hit.
Album: Out of Our Heads
Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.
Background: Bassist Bill Wyman claims that when The Rolling Stones were done recording “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” with their manager and producer Andrew Loog Oldham, not everyone in the band thought it was hit single material. Oddly enough, the ones who didn’t were the two who’d written it.
Bassist Bill Wyman says not everyone was keen on releasing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” as a single. OC:…had really. :23
“When we finished it, Andrew Oldham came in and he said, ‘That’s the single.’ And Mick said, ‘No, that ain’t a single.’ And Keith said, ‘No, that’s not a single.’ And Charlie said, ‘Yes it is,’ and I said, ‘Yeah,’ and Brian said, ‘Yeah’ and the engineer said, ‘Yeah.’ And they kept saying, ‘No, no,’ we don’t want that as a single. Mick and Keith, they didn’t like it at all. And we outvoted them and it went out as a single. And it was the biggest one we ever had, really.”