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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • agun says:

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

  • Dan Colman says:

    Agun, you need to watch the full video.


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