Keith Richards thinks George Harrison and John Lennon could have fit in the Rolling Stones
26 September 2023, 14:05
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The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were sworn rivals, but they weren't all that different after all.
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Under all that though it's clear that the surviving members of both groups seem to actually get on okay, and the hatchet was well and truly buried when Paul McCartney recorded some bass for the Stones' long-awaited new studio album Hackney Diamonds.
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"And hey, if you can get one of the Beatles on your track, you know, you do it. Paul's a very amiable cat to play with; we've been great friends forever."
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Of the relationship between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Keith said: "I don’t think John Lennon would have had much problem fitting into the Stones, or George, if you can imagine that sort of thing happening.
"We were the same generation, and we all loved the same music.
"When we first heard The Beatles, we were relieved that there was some other band in England on the same track that we were on. And within a few months, that track was the main track."
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Over the years the bands' two paths have crossed several times.
The Beatles wrote 'I Wanna Be Your Man' for the Stones, while John and Paul did backing vocals on 'We Love You', a standalone single recorded during the Their Satanic Majesties Request album sessions.
Brian Jones played sax on The Beatles' quirky 'You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)', while John appeared on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
Mick Jagger memorably inducted The Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.