June 10, 1964: The Stones’ first recording sessions in the U.S.

June 10-11, 1964: The Stones’ first recording sessions in the U.S., at Chess Studios in Chicago, where they record their next single It’s All Over Now, as well as material for their next EP. They track a number of songs culled from the Chess catalog, including “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” The track was written by Muddy Waters, who much to the band’s delight happens to be in the studio the second day and helps them load in their gear. Engineer Ron Malo is the band’s gold standard for a recording engineer. “No one (in England) could get a really good funky American sound, which is what we were after,” Richards once said. Added bassist Bill Wyman: “He knew exactly what we wanted and got it almost instantly.” The Stones pay homage by recording an instrumental, “2120 South Michigan Avenue,” named after the address of Chess Records, which appeared on their “12 x 5” album later in the year. Between sessions, the band holds a “press conference” on a traffic island in the middle of Michigan Avenue, before they are booted to the sidewalk by a Chicago police officer who cheerily informs the visitors: “Get outta here or I’ll lock up the whole goddamned bunch.”

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