Rolling Stones Satisfaction

Rolling Stones Satisfaction

Rolling Stones Satisfaction

First US #1 July 10, 1965

But first…on July 10, 1961 

Rolling Stones Satisfaction
Bobby Lewis
              On July 10, 1961 "Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis became the #1 song. It remained there until August 27. Not a bad run.

              Frustrated love. Can't sleep. Kicking blankets off. Flipping pillows. Written by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene, both Americans, one wonders what the British listener thought about a guy tossin' all night.

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

              Four years later, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" became #1. The first US #1 song for the Rolling Stones (their fourth #1 in the UK). More frustration. Its ambivalent lyrics had us giggling if we were still young, nodding if we were old enough.

              It was a great song to play air guitar to with a tennis racket. That's what I was doing a lot of that summer at Cedar Grove Beach Club in New Dorp, Staten Island. Kevin Hagerty and I played tennis for hours with my sister's transistor radio blasting. Every time "Satisfaction" came on we stopping playing (by the way, playing more than generously describes our jejune tennis prowess) and starting strumming. That's if Kev could find his racket after tossing it into the weeds after another poor shot. 

Rolling Stones Satisfaction

              The story is that Keith Richards started to record some guitar doodling and the famous riff before falling asleep with the tape still running and recording snoring.

              Keith intended the famous fuzzy guitar intro to suggest horns and horns were supposed to replace that fuzz. Others disagreed. Others wanted that sound.

              That sound became part of rock and roll's DNA. 


              Stereo recording was around in 1965, but mono still dominated. For some today, mono is the preferred listening choice. In any case, it was not until later releases that stereo versions appeared. Jack Nitzsche, who played the tambourine on the original recording, has some piano on the stereo offering.

Best ever?

              "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" makes every top ten list and always near the top. As popular as the Rolling Stones were before its release and success, following it put the Rolling Stones on others' list of greatest rock and roll band in the world.


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Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

A happy birthday or a belated happy birthday

June or July?

         Sources agree on the year, 1947, sources disagree on the date: June or July 10.

         Arlo's own site only uses the year. I suppose once one approaches their eighth decade, a month really doesn't matter.

         Growing up the child of an American icon likely has both its pros and cons. Name recognition from the start. Name recognition from the start.

         Many Americans associated the name Guthrie with Communism at a time when the Cold War to defeat the Red Menace was still at its height. 

Woody’s Friends

         Friends of his father, Woody, friends like Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were part of Arlo's early life, became a part of Arlo's early life.

         Arlo was also one of the many young artists who gravitated to Greenwich Village's folk scene.

Alice’s Restaurant

Arlo Guthrie

         For many, myself included, our first encounter with Arlo Guthrie was hearing "Alice's Restaurant." It came at a perfect time: anti-Vietnam War fervor peaking, anti-Establishment in tone, and simply a great story.

         For many of those same listeners, Thanksgiving has meant listening again to Arlo's masterpiece as much as watching the Detroit Lions play.

         The song also likely played a big part in his invitation to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. He didn't sing "Alice's Restaurant" that misty night, but he did declare that the "NY Thruway was closed!"

         Not true, but a Woodstock myth too good to not hold onto.

City of New Orleans

         And as funny and reaffirming as "Alice's Restaurant" is, "City of New Orleans" is comforting and nostalgic. A yearning for the slower times and relaxed travel by train.

Arlo Guthrie

         Guthrie continues to tour and perform regularly.  Santa Claus locks have replaced his curly dark topping, but his sense of humor, welcoming smile, and activism remain as strong as ever.

         Guthrie continues to be a beacon for what is best about us.


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