Song facts: I Wanna Be Your Man

On October 7th 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded a song given to them by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, I Wanna Be Your Man. It was released on November 1st and peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.

The Beatles recorded the song themselves on September 11th of that year. They gave it to Ringo and released it on their second album With the Beatles.

So they shouted from the taxi and we yelled, 'Hey, give us a lift, and we bummed a lift off them. So there were four of us sitting in a taxi and I think Mick said, 'Hey, we're recording, got any songs?' And we said, 'Aaaah, yes, sure, we got one. How about Ringo's song? You could so it as a single.'  - Paul McCartney
With the Beatles album cover, 1963.

With the Beatles album cover, 1963.

The Rolling Stones, 1963. 

The Rolling Stones, 1963. 

John Lennon 1963.

John Lennon 1963.

 "It was a throwaway. The only two versions of the song were Ringo and the Rolling Stones. That shows how much importance we put on it: We weren't going to give them anything great, right?" - John Lennon

Personnel - The Rolling Stones

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals
  • Brian Jones – backing vocals, slide guitar
  • Keith Richards – rhythm guitar
  • Bill Wyman – bass
  • Charlie Watts – drums

Personnel - The Beatles

  • Ringo Starr – double-tracked lead vocals, drums, maracas, tambourine, handclaps
  • John Lennon – backing vocal, tremolo electric rhythm guitar, screaming, handclaps
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass, screaming, handclaps
  • George Harrison – electric lead guitar, handclaps
  • George Martin – Hammond organ