The Rolling Stones scored their first American hit with Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" today in 1964

July 18, 2016

On this day in 1964

The Rolling Stones score their first American hit

when their cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away"

first recorded by Holly's band, the Crickets

The Rolling Stones' cover of "Not Fade Away"

with its strong emphasis on the Bo Diddley beat

became a major hit in Britain and one of their first classic hits

It was recorded in January 1964

and released by Decca on February 21, 1964

with "Little by Little" as the B-side

In March 1964 it was also the Rolling Stones' first single

released in the United States on the London Records label

with "I Wanna Be Your Man" as the B-side

The single reached

  • Number 48 on the U.S. Hot 100 singles chart

  • Number 44 on the pop singles chart in the U.S.

  • Number 33 in Australia based on the Kent Music Report

  • Number 3 in Great Britain



- Mick Jagger, vocals, tambourine

- Keith Richards, electric guitar

- Brian Jones, harmonica, acoustic guitar, maracas

- Bill Wyman, bass guitar

- Charlie Watts , drums

It was a mainstay at Rolling Stones concerts

in their early years

usually opening the shows

and also revived in that capacity for their 1994–1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour



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