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The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones played the saxophone on a Beatles song and Paul McCartney had mixed feelings

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Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones played the saxophone on one of the Beatles songs. Paul McCartney said Jones didn’t play the saxophone solo very well. However, he felt that Jones gave the song exactly what the Fab Four wanted.

The book All We Say: The Last Great Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono contains an interview from 1980. In the interview, John talked about “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)”. “It was a piece of unfinished music that I turned into a comedy record with Paul,” he said. “I was waiting for him at his house and I saw that the phone book was on the piano with the words ‘You know the name, look up the number.’ It was like a logo and I just changed it.”

John revealed how the track developed. “It was supposed to be some kind of Four Tops song – the chord changes are like that – but it never developed and we made a joke out of it,” he recalled. “Brian Jones plays the saxophone on it.”

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In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: In many years, Paul talks about Jones’ “funny saxophone solo”. “It’s not played amazingly well, but it was exactly what we wanted,” he said. “Brian was so very good. Brian always had a kind word. We always got along like a house on fire.

“He had a good old fashioned sense of humour, I remember laughing and giggling with him a lot,” he added. “And we would play pranks on him.”

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“You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The song appeared on the compilation album anthology 2. The album topped the Billboard 200 for one week and stayed on the charts for a total of 37 weeks.

The Official Charts Company reports that You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) also failed to chart in the UK. On the other hand, anthology 2 peaked at #1 for one week and stayed on the chart for a total of 15 weeks.

“You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” isn’t one of the Beatles’ most famous songs, but it does have an interesting connection to the Rolling Stones.

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