A Chance Encounter With The Beatles Saved The Rolling Stones’ Career. Here’s What You Can Learn From It.
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By late 1963 the Rolling Stones had released one song. It was a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On.” They were a blues cover band and had never written their own music.
Having signed a record deal the pressure was on. They needed a single (one that wasn’t a cover) if they wanted to keep their label happy and turn music into a career. They found a lifeline in The Beatles.
On September 10th, 1963 Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham stepped out of the studio the band was rehearsing in. He bumped into Lennon and McCartney getting out of a cab. The accidental meeting was a godsend. Oldham recalls that he “invited them to the studio where the Stones were rehearsing and, right then and there, the two finished off what had been a McCartney