Two years ago I learned about the Jim Morrison/Clearwater connection. Now from the same source – a window display in downtown Clearwater – a nice piece of music trivia that the signature song of the Rolling Stones was conceived in Clearwater. Here’s the synopsis in the window.
There appears to be consensus that the Stones played Jack Russell Stadium on May 6, 1965, a month after the Philadelphia Phillies finished playing their spring training baseball games there. They only managed to get through four songs when rabid fans overcame the police and tried to storm the stage, resulting in the stones being whisked away from Jack Russell and back to their hotel. Some say it was the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel (now known as the Fort Harrison – home to Scientology mega affairs). Others say it was the Gulf Beach Motel.
Local lore has it that Keith Richards woke up in his sleep that night, grabbed his guitar and a recorder, and laid down the opening riff for “Satisfaction” to which Mick Jagger added the lyrics poolside the next day.