The Rolling Stones Sing the Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” in a Hotel Room (1965)

Today we set the Wayback Machine to Ireland, 1965, where we find a young Mick Jagger and a shockingly restored Keith Richards staving off the downtime boredom of a two-day tour with a not-entirely-reverential Beatles singalong. Despite the drabness of the room in which documentarian Peter Whitehead caught the lads clowning, it’s clear that Jagger was feeling his oats. Go ahead and read those famous lips when he wraps them around the chorus of Eight Days a Week.

This priceless private moment is culled from the just released, not-entirely-finished documentary, The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965. Former Stones’ producer Andrew Loog Oldham recently chalked the near-50-year delay to the massive explosion of the band’s popularity. Padding things out to a proper feature length would have required additional filming. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction had shot to the top of the American charts just two months earlier,  from which point on, the lads’ dance card was filled.

Lucky thing, that. What might in its day have amounted to a fun peek behind the scenes feels far more compelling as a just-cracked time capsule. The sad spectacle of Brian Jones musing about his future options is offset by the youthful larking about of rock’s most celebrated senior citizens.

See the trailer for The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965 right below.

- Ayun Halliday briefly mentioned Mick Jagger’s lips vis-à-vis Lauren Bacall in her memoir, Dirty Sugar Cookies: Culinary Observations, Questionable Taste.



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  1. Walter Weeks says . . . | November 1, 2012 / 7:12 am

    The first song is I’ve Just Seen A Face – written and sung by Paul McCartney for the Beatles’ Help album.
    At this stage Jagger and Richards were still learning to write songs and would jam Beatle numbers all the time for inspiration.
    They later came up with a few decent tunes of their own.

  2. Michael Lantz says . . . | November 12, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were the best friends.The media made them out to be enemies.The Beatles originally wrote “I wanna be your man”for them.The song was later recorded by the Beatles with Ringo on lead vocals.I am a big Rolling Stone and Beatles fan.I never knew they did a cover of the Beatles song “Eight Days A Week”.Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  3. agun says . . . | November 14, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    that’s not “eight days a week”.
    it’s “i’ve just seen a face” from help! album.

  4. Dan Colman says . . . | November 15, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Agun, you need to watch the full video.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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