ABKCO Records To Re-Issue Classic Rolling Stones Song This Summer

Courtesy:  ABKCO Records

Courtesy: ABKCO Records

Today, May 12th, is an important date in the modern history of music.

Fifty years ago today, Mick Jagger and his band mates in The Rolling Stones first recorded the band’s hit single ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.’ While not the band’s first ever single, it was the first of the band’s singles to go #1 in the United States when it made its debut in June of 1965. In celebration of the anniversary ABKCO Records announced Monday that it will release a special edition of the single on vinyl this summer.

ABKCO Records announced Monday that it will release ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ as a special 12” limited edition vinyl single on Friday, July 10th on 180-gram vinyl. The A-side will feature the final single known to all audiences. Fans on both sides of the Atlantic will be happy to know that this special edition re-issue will also feature as its B-sides the songs ‘The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man’ and ‘The Spider and the Fly.’ The songs in question were its original U.S. and U.K. B-sides respectively. Their appearance here marks the first time ever that they have been presented together on one record. Audiences that might not be so familiar with either single will be interested to learn of the prior of the two singles that its history is rooted in the band’s experience with London Records employee George Sherlock. As the story goes, the band wasn’t entirely enamored with Sherlock. The band allegedly saw him as someone that was just another music industry yes man decked out in a seersucker suit and toupee. The song indirectly makes him the target lyrically as it makes commentary about music industry insiders unnecessarily involving themselves in the creation of bands’ songs. It was loosely based on Buster Brown’s hit single ‘Fannie Mae.’ It wasn’t used in the UK as record executives with DECCA felt that British audiences wouldn’t get the numerous American references throughout the song. That led to Decca opting for ‘The Spider and the Fly’ being used as the B-side for ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ in the UK.

The single’s cover features a picture of the band taken by award-winning photographer David Bailey. It is the same cover art used in the original single’s release. Carl Rowatti re-mastered the single at Trutone Mastering Labs from the song’s original mono tapes for its upcoming 45 rpm 12-inch release.

‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ was originally released as a single by London Records in the U.S. on June 6th, 1965. It reached the #1 spot on Record World’s charts not long after on July 3rd. By July 10th, the single had hit the top spot at Billboard and Cashbox pushing The Byrds’ ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and The Four Tops’ ‘I Can’t Help Myself.’ It held the top spot on Record World’s Charts and for four at Billboard and Cashbox respectively. By July 19th of that year, it had gone on to become the band’s first ever single to be certified gold by the RIAA. It would go on to be released August 20th in the UK on DECCA Records and would become the band’s fourth #1 single overseas.

Many audiences might find interesting that both the song’s title and main guitar line were developed by guitarist Keith Richards. And the song that audiences have come to love to this day is not the song’s original take. The original take of the song was recorded at Chess in Chicago on May 10th, 1965 before being tossed. The take that went on to become the final product was recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, CA on May 12th. Even more interesting to note of the song is that Richards’ guitar line was originally going to be performed by a horn section instead of guitar. However producer/manager Andrew Loog Oldham and engineer David Hassinger opted for Richards’ guitar instead, leading to the now famed line that audiences know today as one of the most famous in music history. Despite popular belief, the song’s lyrical content does not only make reference to sexual frustration but to a dislike for all of the consumerist messages out there. The icing on the cake of the song’s story is that only two people were against publishing the single—Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

The upcoming re-issue of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ will be pressed in a limited quantity of 10,000 numbered copies in North America and will be released fifty years to the day that the song was originally released. It can be pre-ordered now via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Satisfaction-Anniversary-Single-Limited-Numbered/dp/B00W34SFGM/?tag=httpwwwabkcoc-20. More information on this and other releases from ABKCO Records is available online at:

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New bio tells the definitive story of singer Matt Monro

Up and coming singers today have so many avenues to have their voices heard.  They’ve got American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Voice and so many other countless tv singing competitions.  While some of the people on these shows go on to superstardom, just as many end up fading out and becoming forgotten.  It proves that fame is a fickle mistress.  And while fame has become so fleeting for pop singers today, the names of yesteryear’s pop stars are still with us today.  That is because they made their names the hard way.  They worked to earn their fame.  One of the greatest of those names of yesteryear is the one and only Matt Monro. 

Matt Monro’s daughter, Michele, released the most in depth bio on her father to date in 2010 with The Singer’s Singer:  The Life and Music of Matt Monro. And recently, the bio was re-released in paperback.  While some paperback re-releases of books are known for being abridged, this is one re-release that doesn’t lose any of the story written by his daughter.  The paperback re-issue clocks in at a full 786 pages, not counting acknowledgements and other additional material.  Monro and the publishers at Titan Books are to be commended for that.  Throughout  those 786 pages, Michele Monro tells readers of both the highs and lows of her father’s life.  Readers learn that Monro was destined to become a star from early on.  No matter how many careers he went through, Monro’s heart was always with music.  Even if it meant the potential of causing trouble for himself during his military career, Monro fed his love of music and of performing.  What’s really funny about this story is that somehow he actually got away with almost going AWOL a number of times thanks to his higher ups.

Of course, his early military career was just one of the many interesting moments in what would be Monro’s formative years as a singer.  When he was finally given his first record deal with the now legendary Decca Records, the label actually wanted him to change his name as Terry Parsons wasn’t exactly a very marketable name in their eyes.  His daughter writes that the label took Parsons’ new name from two other individuals.  His daughter writes that the name Matt came from Australian writer Matt White.  She explains that White had worked for a publication called theDaily Sketchand that he had written a large piece about the still then Parsons, who had been discovered while he was a bus driver.  His last name came from the father of the person who had discovered him, Winifred Atwell.  Her father’s name was Monro Atwell.  Thus, the name Matt Monro came to be Parsons’ name for the rest of his life. 

The real funny moment of this story comes in Monro’s distaste for journalists who constantly misspelled his newly adopted last name. His daughter writes of her father’s reaction to the misspellings, “It’s easy to remember, it’s an anagram of moron.”  Obviously he was aiming that barb at the journalists who couldn’t agree with each other (or in some cases, with themselves) on how to spell his name.  Anyone who has ever had their name misspelled and/or mispronounced will appreciate that comment. It’s the same sort of sentiment that pop stars share even today. 

Whether it was this funny moment or any other moment, Michele Monro leaves no stone unturned in her father’s bio.  From the troubles that led to the end of his first marriage to his career highlights meeting the likes of Frank Sinatra and others, this bio is a must for any true fan of classic pop music or of music history.  It’s no Summer read.  If anything, it’s a full on piece that will make readers appreciate the life of musicians not just in Monro’s time but also today.  Many of the stories included here are very similar to what audiences might see on VH1’s “Behind The Music” today.  That being noted, it may likely go down as one of the best music biographies written to date.