"When I got here tonight, I saw George [Harrison] and he said, "You aren't going to say anything bad about me are you?" I couldn't think of anything, really -- on the spur of the moment -- bad to say about -- because in England during those very early days, just while the Beatles were recording their first songs, it was a real wasteland.
England had really nothing to offer as far as pop music was concerned. The big hits here that came from England were things like Acker Bilk, "Stranger on the Shore" -- this is what they thought of in England. So, at that point the Stones were playing in these little clubs in London, doing Chuck Berry songs, and blues and things. And we loved doing that. And we [were a] pretty scruffy lot. And we thought we were totally unique -- animals. I mean there was no one like us.
And then we heard there was a group from Liverpool. Now everyone talks about, you know, Syosset and Levittown, but I can tell you Liverpool, this is really.... Anyway, this group... they had long hair, scruffy clothes, but they had a record contract, and they had a record in the charts with a bluesy harmonica on it called "Love me do." When I heard the combination of all these things, I was almost sick.
So, a little later on, you know, we were playing a little club in Richmond [London], and I was doing this song, and suddenly I saw -- there they were, right in front of me -- The "Fab Four": John Paul, George, and Ringo, the four-headed monster. They never went anywhere alone at his point." - Mick Jagger inducts the Beatles into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. #rock #music #thebeatles #mickjagger