John Lennon Believed Mick Jagger Copied a ‘Walls and Bridges’ Song on This No. 1 Rolling Stones Hit

Is it possible to ignore a John Lennon album? The mere concept seems absurd. Till now walls and bridges (1974), the last LP. Lennon lived to see the hit No. 1, five decades after its release that might qualify as unseen. The album does not indicate the same chatter as Lennon’s initial release from The Beatles, plastic ono band (1970) and imagine (1971).

Lennon, who once referred walls and bridges As for “disappointing”, it may have something to do with it. However, Lennon rated the Side 1 track “Bless You” highly. Also, Lennon thought Mick Jagger took “Bless You” and made a Rolling Stones No. 1 single out of it.

John Lennon Says Mick Jagger Used ‘Bless You’ As The Basis Of The Rolling Stones ‘Miss You’

Mick Jagger and John Lennon attend an American film festival in 1974. | Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

By the late ’70s, Lennon had taken a break from recording to raise his son, Sean (born in October ’75). But the Rolling Stones remained troopers as a band, and in summer ’78 released some girls. “Miss You”, the lead single from that LP, topped the Billboard charts in August. When Lennon heard it, he thought it sounded familiar.

“I think Mick Jagger took ‘Bless you’ and turned it into ‘Miss you,'” Lennon told David Sheff in 1980 (via) we are all saying) “The engineer wanted me to speed it up. He said, ‘It’s a hit song if you do it fast.’ He was right. ‘Cause in the form of ‘Miss You,’ it turned into a hit. I like Mick’s record better.”

Lennon clarified that he had nothing against Jagger and the Stones because he believed it was a swipe. “I don’t have any bad feelings about it. I think it’s a Great Stones track, and I really love it,” he told the chef. “But I hear that lick in it. May be subconscious or conscious. It’s irrelevant. Music is everyone’s right. It’s only publishers who think people own it.”

After hearing Rod Stewart’s “The Killing of Georgie,” Lennon moved on to what sounded horrifying “Don’t Let Me Down”. In that case, Stewart’s track came much closer to Lennon’s work than “Miss You”, “Bless You”. But in both the cases no legal action was taken.

‘Miss You’ remains Stones finalist No. 1 in America


Although the Stones continued to score top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 throughout the ’80s, “Miss You” remained the group’s last No. 1 hit in the US. At the time when disco was at its peak of popularity, the song sounded just right.

Ironically, the Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman thought people instead borrowed from his band’s work. “I did [bass] Riff to ‘Miss You’, which made the song,” Wyman said in a 2002 interview with Ian Fortnum (via) roux backpage) “Every band in the world copied it for next year — Rod Stewart, all of them.”

For Stewart, whose name popped up twice in this discussion Songs that are similar to other songsContemporaries, Lennon and Stones thought that Led Zeppelin copied the concept of the Jeff Beck Group. But the members of Zeppelin laughed it off.

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