May 1965: In a Florida hotel room, Keith Richards wakes up hearing a riff in his head that he has to play for Mick Jagger immediately.
The pair begin to work on a song that initially has a folkish feel but takes on a more hard-edged shape a few days later at Chicago’s Chess Studio. Within a week, it’s completed at the RCA Studios in Hollywood. The song is “Satisfaction,” and it’s destined for inclusion in their new album, Out of Our Heads.
It’s also destined, with a deft leap to the top of the American charts, to be the band’s first Number One, to define, decisively and dramatically, the sound and attitude of the Rolling Stones.
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