Although he didn't play on the song (Jack Nitzsche did, at least on some cuts but not the final one), Ian Stewart played a role in the decision to release "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" as the Stones' next single. Bill Wyman recalls the recording of one of the band's trademark songs: On 10 May the band drove to Chess Studios for what became a nine-hour recording session, cutting several songs, including a first version of "Satisfaction", which wasn't very good.
Moving to Los Angeles on 11 May the band prepared for the next two days of productive recording sessions at RCA Studios, Hollywood. Attempting "Satisfaction" again, the sound suddenly went right with Keith using a fuzz-box and Charlie laying down a different tempo: the song just gelled. Keith and Mick were still not completely happy about it, though. After listening to the master tape, the band discussed whether it should be the next single, as Andrew Oldham and engineer Dave Hassinger were so positive about it.
The Stones decided to put it to the vote. Andrew, Dave, Stu, Brian, Charlie and Bill voted yes, while Mick and Keith voted no. The majority carried the day: it would be the band's next single. During the lenghty RCA sessions the band recorded a lot more songs, with Ian Stewart playing piano, organ and marimbas. On "Cry To Me", a country-soul ballad first covered by Solomon Burke in 1962, Stu joined the keys with Jack Nitzsche, with Stu on piano and Jack on organ.
Adapted from the following source: Bill Wyman, Stone Alone, Penguin Books, 1990.