The Rolling Stones, “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)” Could Not Have Been (First) Recorded In May of 1965
Many of us rely on Wikipedia for the first and last word in facts. I have to admit – I use Wiki – but cautiously. My good friend Joe Condon pointed out an interesting fact to me. During the 1960′s – Joe was one of the top-rated DJ’s at WTRY in Troy, NY. WTRY was known to play big hits very, very early – and that included the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones… WTRY was the very first to play, what would become, one of the greatest rock ‘n roll songs of all time – “Satisfaction.” The date – April 29, 1965. The problem is – Wiki – and about half-a-dozen “authoritative” song authors and their books claim the song was “recorded” on May 10. That’s just not possible. WTRY began playing the tune on April 29. My guess – the later dates were re-dos. WTRY was most-likely playing a test-pressing – and Joe Condon confirmed the station was playing an acetate disc.
Here’s Joe’s full explanation via e-mail:
2. Next night (Friday) night, listeners voted on all 4 winning songs for “Spectacular Sound of the Week”. “Satisfaction” won. I remember listening to Rick that Friday, and was (that) they won. Reason: there was a very big local group called Buddy Randell and the Knickerbockers… they had a song(don’t remember which song)… which lost to the Rolling Stones. I wanted the local guys to win.