The same record label that turned down The Beatles signed The Rolling Stones to a landmark contract in 1963. Decca Records agreed to give the band got three times the going royalty rate for a new artist, full artistic control of recordings and ownership of the original recording master tapes. Soon they would get the use of Regent Sound Studios a non-Decca studio,which allowed them more time than usual to work on their debut. The first single, released in June of '63 was a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" (below). It would begin it's climb on the U.K. charts to #21.
The rest of the 'Stones first, full length studio album would be cut in just 5 days the following January/February. The tracks were a mix of some of the band's cover favorites from the early Rock & Roll and R&B musicians they loved listening to. Songs by Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Slim Harpo and Jimmy Reed, Nat King Cole ("Route 66") and Rufus Thomas ("Walkin The Dog"). Of the 12 songs on that first album, only one was credited to Jagger/Richards "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)"which would become their first record to enter the US Top 40. On April 16, 1964 The Rolling Stones full-length debut was released in the U.K., and would stay at #1 for 12 weeks. One month later, with a different track list, the album came out here in the States as "England's Newest Hit Makers"
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