Rolling Stones songs: Around and Around
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But they kept on rocking/ Goin’ round and round…
Written by: Chuck Berry
Recorded: Chess Studios, Chicago, USA, June 10-11 1964
*Data taken from Martin Elliott’s book THE ROLLING STONES COMPLETE RECORDING SESSIONS 1962-2012
Chuck Berry wrote this and was the first to record it. Keith Richards thought Chuck Berry was “The epitome of rock and roll playing.”
This was the first song Mick Jagger sang when he and Keith Richards sat in with the group Blues Inc. in 1962. It was also the first song The Rolling Stones ever recorded. They cut it in March of 1962, although this version was never released. They re-recorded it in 1964 for the 12 x 5 album.
The Stones performed this on their first Ed Sullivan show, which took place October 25, 1964. At the time, they were little known in America, but the show helped push their single “Time Is On My Side,” which they also played, up to #6, giving them their first US Top 10. The group made a total of six appearances on Sullivan.
From the The Rolling Stones – All the Songs book:
In his autobiography, Chuck Berry explains that “Around and Around”
came to him during a jam session during a final rehearsal before going
onstage: “One of the riffs we struck upon never left my memory and I
waxed in the tune with words about a dance hall that stayed open a little
overtime.” And the music pioneer explains how he preferred to use the
phrase ’til the moon went down to ’til the early morning. “Around and
Around” was chosen as the B-side for “Johnny B. Goode,” released by
Chess Records in March 1958.
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