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Come On by The Rolling Stones

Album: Big Hits (High Tides and Green Grass)Released: 1963Charted:
21
  • This was The Rolling Stones' first single. It's a remake of a Chuck Berry song. Berry is a big influence on Keith Richards.
  • The Stones performed this on Thank Your Lucky Stars, a popular English TV show. The show's producer told the Stones manager he should "Get rid of that vile-looking lead singer with the tire-tread lips." They decided to keep Mick Jagger.
  • This was the first song The Stones recorded professionally. They recorded it on May 10, 1963.
  • Mick Jagger (1972): "I don't think Come On was very good, in fact it was s--t. God knows how it ever got in the charts, it was such a hype. In fact we disliked it so much we didn't do it on any of our gigs." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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Comments: 3

The lads may not have liked it, but it's an interesting artifact of the Stones' evolution, since your first single is always about trying to get a commercial hit. In any case, it's a great pop song. Rare to hear Brian Jones singing!!Guy - Woodinville, Wa
This song is awesome! Very impressive considering it was their very first song!Ian - Lethbridge, Canada
A rare appearance of Brian Jones on BU vocals. Andrew Oldham had no idea what "mixing" a song meant when asked how he wanted it to sound after the Stones had recorded it. So he just told the engineer to go ahead. A very "poppy" sounding song for the Stones in their bluesy period that was aimed at the recordbuying market.Chelsea - Nyc, Or