|254. FANNY MAE
20 August 1965: Place: BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, England.
Played Live: 1965
Bill Wyman attempted to get this recording released in 1975 under the Black Box title. Fanny Mae touched on old ground, a straight Buster Brown R ‘n’ B rocker featuring harmonica in a Sonny Terry mould. Buster Brown was famous for his electronic harmonica and, at the age of 50 in 1959, he charted with this classic.
This Stones interpretation was a notable copy but had not been used greatly in the set list. It was Mick Jagger and Bill’s choice to include it in the radio set and was viewed as a chance to try out something different, even if Mick had to repeat a verse or two since he could not remember the lyrics. This was the last of the BBC sessions. There were 58 recordings made but it is arguable how many currently exist, as the BBC had a disastrous policy of re-using reel-to-reel tape - reports in 1999 suggested that 42 were officially still in existence. Mick Jagger has heard these recordings and believed that the quality was good enough for release. Stones fans still eagerly await the appearance of what would be an excellent product, along the lines achieved via the BBC by other contemporary artists