July 1963 the Rolling Stones recorded two songs, the Coasters' 'Poison Ivy' and 'Fortune Teller', originally a 1962 US rhythm & blues hit for Benny Spellman. Both tracks were intended to be released as the Stones' second single, but the record was withdrawn. On September 23 the band recorded five tracks for a BBC 'Saturday Club' radio broadcast. The Stones rock on all the tracks despite Ian Stewart's piano again missing from the session.
At the end of September, following the BBC recording, the Stones embarked on their first UK tour, supporting the Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and Little Richard. The tour extended for the whole of October and offered two shows a day. In the meantime the Stones, Andrew Oldham and Decca, having considered and refusing the 'Poison Ivy' single, sought a follow-up to their first single, 'Come On'. Paul McCartney and John Lennon lend the band a helping hand and offered one of their unifinished R&B songs: 'I Wanna Be Your Man'.
The Rolling Stones recorded the track on October 7 at De Lane Lea Studios, London, and with the session coming to a close, the group had just thirty minutes to deliver a B-side. Surprisingly, perhaps, they eschewed the idea of churning out another well-practised R&B cover in favour of a jam based around Booker T. & the MGs' 'Green Onions'.
A perfect chance for Ian Stewart to shine! On 'Stoned', credited to Nanker-Phelge (a pseudonym used for group-wriiten songs), Stu's honky-tonk barrelhouse piano trades blue notes with Keith Richards' guitar, Brian Jones' Delta harp howled menacingly, and Mick Jagger's dilatory "Stoned...outta my mind" was delivered in his best Willie Dixon 'Walking The Blues' drawl.
Adapted from the following sources:
Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones. Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Red Cherry Books, 2002.
James Hector, The Complete Guide To The Music of the Rolling Stones, Omnibus Press, 1995.