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Minnetonkascenes: Where is Mr Jimmy?

I’ve been thinking about, and partially composing, a post about the similarities between pop art and folk music. But until I finally get those thoughts in the world wide web, this will have to do.

This blogger tells the story that a big Stones fan claims to be true:

On 6/12/64, the Rolling Stones played a concert at Danceland in Excelsior, Minnesota during their first ever US tour. At the time they were a little-known band, performed poorly and drunkenly, and got booed off the stage.

During this visit (in fact, the next morning), Mick went into Bacon Drug Store, an Excelsior store with a soda fountain, to get a prescription filled. Jimmy Hutmaker, a.k.a. “Mr. Jimmy”, a “local color” guy who had met Mick at the concert then night before, and who has some mental difficulties (although is pretty lucid most days–he still wanders the streets of Excelsior every day visiting with everyone he meets, he’s now around 75), was in the store in line in front of Mick at the moment, ordering a cherry coke. Problem–they were out of cherry juice. So the guy behind the counter gave Mr. Jimmy a regular coke. Jimmy shrugged his shoulders, turned around to Mick, and commented that, “You can’t always get what you want”–and a mega-hit was born.

This version of the song’s origin is confirmed by both Mr. Jimmy and the pharmacist who made Jimmy the soda. The references in the song to Mr. Jimmy, Mick’s prescription, a cherry coke, and others, are all believed to refer to this encounter. In fact, most people familiar with the story believe that there is no reference to Chelsea Drugstore in the song–it’s just a misheard reference to Excelsior Drugstore (the middle two syllables of “Excelsior” sound a lot like “Chelsea”, hence the misunderstanding).

–Bill Verkuilen
Brooklyn Park, MN

But like Minnetonkafelix says, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was written a long (stylistically) three years later. I mean, it might be true, but it’s also difficult to believe that Jagger could have a prescription filled in the U.S.

Interesting story, nonetheless.

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