Back in 1969, The Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool, aged just 27-years-old. Over the years, there have been a number of conspiracy theories surrounding what really happened to the musician. And now a new documentary concerning his brief life and death is arriving this year and includes an insight into his friendships with fellow stars from Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles’ John Lennon.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, producer of the upcoming film Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones, Nick Reynolds spoke of musician’s relationship with Lennon.
He said: “While The Rolling Stones were hanging out in London Chelsea clubs, Brian was hanging out with Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.
“They had a mutual respect for each other.
“Brian played saxophone on one of The Beatles tracks.”
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Once during an informal recording session after completing Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul McCartney invited Jones over.
But to The Beatles’ surprise, The Rolling Stones member brought his alto sax with him.
The result was Jones playing on their track You Know My Name, which went out as the B side on Let It Be.
Reynolds added: “The Beatles respected him as the engine, the Mr Interesting. He was like the Brian Wilson of The Rolling Stones.”
However, when Jones suddenly died, Lennon was particularly affected by his passing.
Reynolds admitted: “[John] was disgusted and really, really pissed off that Brian had died the way that he did, thinking it was a terrible waste.”
Rolling Stone: Life and Death of Brian Jones’ UK release date is TBC, but will likely be out around March.
Back in 2018, a YouGov poll found who was Britain’s favoured band between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
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According to the poll, 73 per cent of the UK public has a positive opinion of the Fab Four, while 61 per cent favour The Rolling Stones.
Meanwhile, both bands had very low negativity with the British public, with just 10 per cent and 12 per cent disliking the bands.
Also over 97 per cent of the public had heard of both music groups.
ABBA had 78 per cent positivity while Queen, perhaps following the release of Bohemian Rhapsody, are top with 80 per cent. Meanwhile, Freddie Mercury was the top solo artist with 76 per cent.
While Jones played on a Beatles track, it also turns out that Eric Clapton stood in for George Harrison on While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
On September 3, 1968, Harrison was struggling to get his guitar to “weep” so he called up Clapton.
But the blues rocker replied: “Oh, no. I can’t do that. Nobody ever plays on The Beatles records.
Yet Harrison persisted: “Look, it’s my song, and I want you to play on it.”
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