THE ROLLING STONES - 'Not Fade Away'/'Little By Little' (Decca F11845) Feb 1964
Such was the fast moving and ever changing music industry in the 60s, the third Rolling Stones UK 45 was recorded and released in the very same month. An amazingly quick turnaround.
'Not Fade Away' was another cover version. This time the band raided the Buddy Holly vaults for this rather pulsating Bo Diddley style harmonica and maraca shakin' beat mover. According to the liners of 'The Rolling Stones - Singles Collection' wig totin' convicted murderer Phil Spector played maracas on both songs on this single. Gene Pitney played piano on the flip 'Little By Little'.
The single hit the Number 3 spot and a month later the debut LP was released but the Stones first tour of the States was months away and I hadn't even been born yet!
THE ROLLING STONES - Not Fade Away