- The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones played saxophone on a Beatles song inspired by a phone book.
- Paul McCartney had mixed things to say about Jones’ role in creating the song.
- The song appeared on one of the Fab Four’s successful compilation albums.
The Rolling Stones‘ Brian Jones played the saxophone on one of The Beatles’ songs. Paul McCartney said Jones didn’t play the saxophone solo very well. However, he felt Jones gave the song exactly what the Fab Four wanted.
The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones played on a Beatles song inspired by a phone book and The Four Tops
The book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono includes an interview from 1980. In the interview, John discussed “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number).” “That was a piece of unfinished music that I turned into a comedy record with Paul,” he said. “I was waiting for him in his house, and I saw the phone book was on the piano with the words ‘You know the name, look up the number.’ That was like a logo, and I just changed it.”
John revealed how the track evolved. “It was going to be a Four Tops kind of song — the chord changes are like that — but it never developed and we made a joke of it,” he recalled. “Brian Jones is playing saxophone on it.”