In the early 1960s, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were on a roll. They were writing some of their best songs to date, and even had a few to spare. Before long, a few other rockers began asking them for help with their careers. The Beatles eventually agreed, but only because they didn’t believe in the song they had written.
The main songwriters of The Fab Four became close friends with their “rival” band, The Rolling Stones, in the early 1960s.
The extremely successful Beatles were from Liverpool, while the Stones were from London. So, naturally, they had a professional rivalry that spanned the entire country. But once the Beatles broke up America, the Rolling Stones asked for help.
Stones singer Mick Jagger recalled, “We knew [The Beatles] by then we were already rehearsing and [the band’s manager] Andrew [Oldham] brought Paul and John to rehearsal. They said they had this tune. They were really scammers then. I mean the way they used to rush the melodies was cool.”
Jagger recalled Lennon and McCartney telling him, “Hey, Mick, we’ve got this great song!”
Jagger continued in 1968: “So they played it and we thought it sounded pretty commercial, which is what we were going for, so we made it like Elmore James or something. I haven’t heard it in a long time, but it must be nice.” strange because no one actually produced it. It was totally cool, but it was a hit and it sounded great on stage.”
The song in question was his November 1963 hit I Wanna Be Your Man.
While it was a huge success for the band, Lennon and McCartney did not think the song was worth recording.
The Fab Four eventually released their own version of the hit, but it was sung by their drummer, Ringo Starr.
Lennon then rebuked the song.
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McCartney then spoke candidly about giving the band their “throwaway” song.
He said, “We were friends with them, and I thought I Wanna Be Your Man would be good for them. I knew they did Bo Diddley stuff. And they did a good job.”
Decades later, in 1988, Jagger inducted The Beatles into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where he thanked them profusely for giving him I Wanna Be Your Man.
He told the live audience: “We were very grateful for that because that really broke us in England.”
Jagger added: “The example of the way they wrote and the original way they created their songs was not lost on us. And later, their success in America broke down a lot of doors that helped everyone else from England that followed.” “. “
He went on to say, “I thank you so much for all of those things.”
The song has even been mentioned by other artists in the past, including Bob Dylan.
Dylan wrote his own song titled I Wanna Be Your Lover in 1971. His song included the lyrics: “I want to be your lover, baby, I want to be your man.”
The Saints also used the same lyrics in their 1977 song Erotic Neurotic.
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