Waters wasn't the first to use the term "Rollin' Stone" in a song
: Hank Williams beat him to it by a year with "Lost Highway
," which contains the line, "I'm a rolling stone, all alone and lost." Williams' line gave Bob Dylan the title to "Like a Rolling Stone
," but Waters' song named the rock band The Rolling Stones.
As Keith Richards explained in a VH1 interview, when the band got their first gig in 1962, they had to quickly come up with a name. A copy of The Best Of Muddy Waters
was lying on the floor, flipped over to reveal the track list. They spotted "Rollin' Stone," and went with it: The Rollin' Stones - their management made them add the G, making it The Rolling Stones.