Fifty years ago on May 12, 1965, The Rolling Stones walked into RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, and recorded what would turn out to be the band’s first #1 in the U.S: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
According to legend, the guitar riff that opens the song was composed by Keith Richards, who woke up in the middle of the night and recorded the sequence of notes on a tape recorder while the band was on tour in the U.S.
According to a 50th anniversary press release from ABKCO Records, after Keith listened to the recording, he came up with the song title and played the riff for Mick Jagger by the pool at the Gulf Motel in Clearwater, Florida, in early May, 1965. Jagger immediately composed the lyrics.
An earlier version of “Satisfaction” was actually recorded at Chess Records in Chicago on May 10, but the version that was released and became a huge hit was the May 12 recording at RCA Studios.
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was released as a single by London Records in the U.S. on June 6, 1965. It reached #1 on the Billboard singles chart on July 10 and held the top spot for four weeks.
In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Satisfaction” #2 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
In honor of the song’s 50th anniversary, ABKCO Records on July 10 will release a limited edition, numbered 12-inch version of the single on 180-gram vinyl.