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cover of U.S.-only ‘England’s Newest Hit Makers’; the U.K.-only ‘The Rolling Stones’ featured a similar cover.

April 16, 1964 R
May 30, 1964 E


R The Rolling Stones (U.K. album)

E England’s Newest Hit Makers (U.S. album)

Rating: 3.833 (average of 15 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: ”As hard-core as British R&B ever got” – Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Not Fade Away (Holly/ Petty) [1:48]
  2. Route 66 (Troup) [2:21]
  3. I Just Want to Make Love to You (Dixon) [2:18]
  4. Honest I Do (Abner/Reed) [2:10]
  5. Now I've Got a Witness (Phelge/ Spector) [2:32]
  6. Little by Little (?) [2:40]
  7. I'm a King Bee (Moore) [2:37]
  8. Carol (Berry) [2:34]
  9. Tell Me (Jagger/ Richards) [4:05]
  10. Can I Get a Witness (Dozier/ Holland/ Holland) [2:56]
  11. You Can Make It if You Try (Jarrett) [2:02]
  12. Walking the Dog (Thomas) [3:09]

Total Running Time: 30:48


sales in U.S. only ½ million E
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 11 E
peak on U.K. album chart 1 12 (R)

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Not Fade Away (2/27/64) #48 US, #3 UK
  • Tell Me (You’re Coming Back) (7/4/64) #24 US

Notes: As was often true of UK groups making it in the US in the ‘60s, albums didn't make it across the ocean with the exact same track listings, covers, and sometimes even album names. When the UK album The Rolling Stones made the trek overseas, the song “Mona” (originally after “Honest I Do”) was left off (it would later appear on the US album Now!). Instead, the U.S. release England’s Newest Hitmakers added the single “Not Fade Away” as the album’s leadoff track.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Rolling Stones
aka ‘England’s Newest Hit Makers’
The Rolling Stones
“The group's debut album was the most uncompromisingly blues/R&B-oriented full-length recording they would ever release. Mostly occupied with covers, this was as hard-core as British R&B ever got; it's raw and ready. But the Stones succeeded in establishing themselves as creative interpreters, putting '50s and early '60s blues, rock, and soul classics (some quite obscure to White audiences) through a younger, more guitar-oriented filter. The record's highlighted by blistering versions of Route 66, Carol, the hyper-tempoed I Just Want to Make Love to You, I'm a King Bee, and Walking the Dog” (Unterberger).

“Their Bo Diddleyized version of Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away gave them their first British Top Ten hit (and their first small American one)” (Unterberger). The song was not on The Rolling Stones “where singles and LPs were usually kept separate” (Eder). Instead, the U.K.-only album featured “the Stones' cover of Bo Diddley's Mona (I Need You Baby)…which had to wait until Now!, a year later, for its U.S. release. It's not a big switch, a Bo Diddley-style cover of a Buddy Holly song bumping an actual Bo Diddley cover on the U.S. version” (Eder).

Also of note is “the acoustic ballad Tell Me…Jagger-Richards' first good original tune” (Unterberger). The version on The Rolling Stones “sounds about two generations hotter than any edition of the song ever released in the U.S. – it's the long version, with the break that was cut from the single, but the British LP and the original late-'80s Decca-U.K. compact disc (820 047-2) both contain a version without any fade, running the better part of a minute longer than the U.S. release of the song, until the band literally stops playing” (Eder).

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The Rolling Stones’ DMDB page Next Album: 12x5 (1964)

Last updated April 1, 2008.