Monday, July 18, 2011

The Rolling Stones Hit #1 for the First Time: July 18, 1964

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The Rolling Stones are now revered as one of the best rock bands in history. They rate in the top 10 acts of all time according to Dave’s Music Database. They are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Every band has to start somewhere, though. For the Stones, their first chart hit came in the U.K. in 1963 with “Come On” (#21). “I Wanna Be Your Man” (#12) and “Not Fade Away” (3) followed. Their fourth time out, however, the Stones went all the way to the top with a cover of “It’s All Over Now”.

The song was written by Bobby and Shirley Womack. The Valentinos, which featured Bobby, charted with their version of the song in the U.S. a week before the Stones’ version debuted on the British charts. The Stones heard the song in June 1964 when they were interviewed by New York radio DJ Murray the K. The Stones recorded it nine days later at Chicago’s Chess Studios. Womack wasn’t excited about the idea – until he got his first royalty check six months later.

“Over Now” started a string of five consecutive #1 songs for the Stones. They would land eight songs atop the British charts overall.

Stateside “Over Now” was the third chart hit for the Stones following “Not Fade Away” (#48) and “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” (#24). The group wouldn’t hit #1 in the U.S. until “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction)” in 1965, but would take eight songs to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well.

The video for the song was taken from the T.A.M.I. Show, a television broadcast featuring many acts, including James Brown, Chuck Berry, and the Beach Boys. The shows were taped on October 28-29, 1964 and aired on television December 29, 1964.

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