Andre Gardner

31st July 1967: Paul McCartney of the Beatles and his girlfriend, actress Jane Asher, arrive at London Airport after a trip to Greece. McCartney holds up an issue of the Evening Standard leading with a story about the drugs case involving Keith Richards and Mick Jagger and bearing the headline 'Stones Won't Go To Jail'. (Photo by George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)

Beatles and Rolling Stones fans got some potentially exciting news this week, with word Paul McCartney will be appearing on the new Rolling Stones album. According to Variety, Paul reportedly played bass on a track from the upcoming release.

While this is fantastic news, it’s not the first time The Beatles and Rolling Stones intermingled on record. Below are a few highlights:

  • I Wanna Be Your Man - The Rolling Stones

    The Stones had released their debut single in June, 1963, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On,” and it did relatively well on the charts.   The story goes Mick ran into John and Paul and asked them to give the Stones a song for their second single, and they responded with “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which cracked the UK top 15.  Of course, The Beatles would release their version a week later on their album, With The Beatles.

  • All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

    You can see Mick and Keith on the video for the song, recorded at Olympic Studios and broadcast live from Abbey Road Studios around the world on the BBC.

  • Baby You're A Rich Man - The Beatles

    On the original master tape box of this classic Beatles track is written, “The Beatles…+ Mick Jagger?” Jagger ostensibly did attend the session at Olympic Studios, adding background vocals at the very end of the song that would appear as the b-side of the “All You Need Is Love” single.

  • We Love You - The Rolling Stones

    Just one month after the release of The Beatles’ “Baby You’re A Rich Man,” the Stones put out a standalone single for their fans, grateful for the support they received amidst Mick and Keith’s drug possession allegations.  The song was “We Love You,” and John Lennon and Paul McCartney join in on the chorus vocals.

  • You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - The Beatles

    This quirky song was released as the b-side to “Let It Be” in 1970, though it was recorded in 1967.  Apparently, Paul had invited Ther Stones’ Brian Jones to the session, assuming he’d bring a guitar to play.  He showed up “very nervous,” according to Paul,. and brought a saxophone with him instead. That’s his “ropey” solo you hear at the end of this song.

  • Yer Blues - The Dirty Mac

    This one-off supergroup, made up of John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell, formed for the Rolling Stones’ pseudo concert film, “The Rock And Roll Circus.”  They did one of John’s great White Album tracks for the film.

  • Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup) - Mick Jagger

    Back in 1973, John Lennon produced a version of the Holland-Dozier-Holland song “Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)” for Mick Jagger.  It featured a killer lineup of musicians, including Harry Nilsson, Jack Bruce, Al Kooper, Jesse Ed Davis and Jim Keltner, and remained unreleased for 34 years!

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