This Day In Music, May 6: The Stones and T. Rex

A song is born, and an album breaks a record.

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May 6

1965 -

Rolling Stone

In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of "Satisfaction," following Richards' purchase of a Gibson Maestro fuzzbox earlier that day. (The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965!)

One of the most famous three-note guitar riffs ever, the finished song gave The Stones their first No.1 in the United States. The song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

Keith Richards has said that he came up with the guitar riff in his sleep, waking up in the middle of the night. The guitarist then recorded the riff and the words "I can't get no satisfaction" on his portable cassette recorder and promptly fell back to sleep.

Jagger later said, "It sounded like a folk song when we first started working on it and Keith didn't like it much," and Richards was concerned that the riff sounded too much like Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street."

When the Rolling Stones performed the song on the TV show Shindig! in 1965, the line "trying to make some girl" was censored. Forty years later, when the band performed three songs during the February 2006 Super Bowl XL halftime show, "Satisfaction" was the only one of the three songs not censored as it was broadcast (the other two being "Start Me Up" and "Rough Justice").

The track has been widely covered by a diverse mix of acts, some which leave the listener with no satisfaction whatsoever! Otis Redding, Devo, and Aretha Franklin's versions are well worth a listen, but avoid versions by Britney Spears, Vanilla Ice and...Bill Cosby.

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed "Satisfaction" in the second spot on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

1972 - T.Rex

The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now They're Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows went to No.1 in the UK. At the time, it was the longest album title ever; as time marches on this record has of course been broken.

There have been many attempts to break this record by lesser-known acts, but the rule is that the album has to enter the charts. So as far as I know Fiona Apple holds the title from her 2000 album...deep breath... When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right.

Anyway, enough; as I'm writing this, I'm listening to my favorite Rod Stewart and the Faces track: "You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)."

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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