Fans may have long dreamt of seeing the swaggering Rolling Stones team up with the experimental Beatles, but a new collaboration may be as close as they come to seeing this British supergroup.
Sir Paul McCartney has worked with the Stones on an upcoming album, it is understood.
Putting aside a musical rivalry which has endured for six decades, Sir Paul provided a bass part for the forthcoming Stones’ release which is being recorded in a Los Angeles studio.
While rumours have circulated on the West Coast about a full-blown partnership between the former Beatle and the Stones, as well as the possible recruitment of Ringo Starr to help with the album, there will be no supergroup and the collaboration will be strictly limited.
Starr will take no part in recording sessions, it is understood, and Sir Paul has only provided the bass on one track. The album is set to be released later in the year.
The rivalry between the bands was largely created by their receptive fans. The two groups have enjoyed a largely friendly competition and occasionally worked together.
In 1967, McCartney and bandmate John Lennon sang backing vocals on the Stones’ single We Love You. That same year, the Stones’ Brian Jones played saxophone on a Beatles track that ultimately became the B-side You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).
The bands’ relations began when the respective bandmates first met in 1963 and George Harrison personally recommended the Rolling Stones to the record label Decca. However Lennon did allege in a 1970 interview that Mick Jagger and his band were musically “not in the same class” as his own outfit.
In 2021 the needling comments were renewed, when jokingly McCartney said of the Stones: “They’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
Just a few weeks later, Mick Jagger, 79, responded at a Los Angeles concert telling the crowd that McCartney was in the audience and would “join us in a blues cover”.
The new Stones material currently being recorded may include parts recorded with the group’s founding drummer Charlie Watts, who passed away in 2021 at the age of 80.