The Only Song Mick Jagger And John Lennon Recorded Together

The comparison between the Rolling Stones and the Beatles is something almost every music lover has heard at least once. On the surface, they are both rock and roll bands from England that originated in the early ’60s. Yet, it is hard to find similarities between the two legendary bands regarding style. Despite their rather distinctive sound, comparisons and debates continue endlessly between both successful acts.

The debate among the fans also has spread to the band members. Paul McCartney belittled the Stones by calling them a blues cover band and said the Beatles were a better band not long ago. Mick Jagger fired back at him by referring to the longevity of the Stones compared to the Beatles’ short-term appearance on the music scene. However, there was also one time two names from both bands collaborated and recorded a song.

Mick Jagger And John Lennon Recorded ‘Too Many Cooks’

You may think that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones members didn’t like each other due to the endless comparisons and rivalry. However, this wasn’t the actual case since band members from both bands came together and collaborated on a few occasions. In their early days, Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote the Stones’ second hit, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man.’

Later, Lennon and McCartney again contributed to the Stones’ 1967 ‘We Love You’ in the backing vocals. Late Rolling Stones member Brian Jones was also friends with the Beatles members. He appeared in two Beatles songs, ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘You Know My Name, Look Up My Number.’ Then, John Lennon also appeared on the famous ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ set and played with Mick Jagger.

The collaboration between members of the two bands didn’t end with all these. John Lennon and Mick Jagger came together in 1973 in Los Angeles and recorded a song named ‘Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)’ for Jagger’s solo career. Lennon took part in the process as the producer of the track.

However, Mick Jagger didn’t release the song until his 2007 compilation album, ‘The Very Best of Mick Jagger.’ John Lennon also reflected on the recording session they had during an interview in 1974. Lennon said they produced a great song together, and he was happy to take place in it as the producer.

Here are John Lennon’s words on working with Mick Jagger:

“Yes, I see Mick around, but I haven’t seen him on this trip. The last time I saw him was in LA. In fact, we were jamming together down in Record Plant. We made quite a good track. I was so cold producing it, sitting behind the desk.”

You can listen to ‘Too Many Cooks’ below.