Mick Taylor was named to replace Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones 50 years ago today (June 13th). The Rolling Stones: “Honky Tonk Women” was the song he played on for his “audition”.  He thought he was brought in to do some overdubs because Brian Jones couldn’t make the session. It turned out to be his audition to join the band.  Initially released as a single in 1969, it was then included on the compilation Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2). Taylor recalls what happened just a few weeks earlier, when he was called into the studio with them to do guitar overdubs on “Honky Tonk Women.”

“Once I actually arrived at the studio, I was introduced to them and saw what the set up was, and after they asked me what to do, I realized it was like an audition to join the group, although I went to the studio on the assumption that they needed a guitar player to do some sessions because Brian Jones couldn’t make it.”

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